Originally Posted by StephenHero
As long as Professor Richard doesn't set his magical food lab on fire in a test tube explosion, he'll win. He's one of the two or three most creative people to ever be on the show. The other people left are mostly there because they've used good judgment about what was within their ability to execute. They're just not on his level.
His training and technique are on a very, very high level. I have not eaten or worked with all the contestants, but I know that maybe Hung is on a similar technical level, as were some of the people on the season with the Voltaggio brothers. He's certainly one of the best to have been on the show and is probably the one that should win.
However, if given full license, Carla might might do well too because she's demonstrated excellent flavor profiles and perfect execution. She's not as good at being creative on the fly but given the opportunity to cook her way she's extremely good at what she does.