Robin is this season's Michael Midgely. She just might be the luckiest contestant in the history of the show for surviving as long as she has... well maybe Ilan Hall, but that's another story. She's hardly a villain in that she's fairly inept within the constraints of the show, but she sucks nonetheless. You're dead on about Richard Blaise though. He got fucked in the finals when they took away his sous chef because each of his dishes have a number of components that make a very good meal. Without his sous chef he had to cut back on a number of these components and it cost him the title. Not that Stephanie isn't a good chef, she's fantastic but what Blaise is doing with food is as interesting as it is tasty. Jennifer doesn't use as many complicated components in her dishes as Blaise and she was trained by Eric Ripert. She's shown herself to be a more than competent leader in the kitchen and although she's had a bad day or two she's also one of the most skilled chefs the show has ever had. She'll probably make a big mistake down the road that will cost her the title, but there's also the chance that she'll learn from her mistakes and win. That being said, this season is fucking stacked with talent and besides Robin, any one of these chefs could have won any of the other seasons with the exception of Season 3, because Hung is a fucking machine.