I hang out a lot with a former Top Chef favorite who was asked to re-join this season. I kind of wish he did so I could see on TV how well he has matured as a chef. That said, Kuniko was my dark horse favorite, her technique looked to be the STRONGEST but her lack of adapting to the Top Chef "game" showed itself rather quickly. Hopefully she can make a good last chance kitchen run. Right now I'm my picks to win are CJ, Lizzie the South African, and Micah (despite him being sliiiightly douchey). I think I like Sheldon with his easy going nature. That John dude from Dallas is an epic asshat.