I agree. From his "Hnnnnnnnnnnnnnng Japan!" at every opportunity to the constant try-hard posing, and the over the top mannerisms. He was the one chef I didn't want to win and was actively hoping would get booted. The Japanese chef on the other hand seemed super chilled out, and I wished he had been around for longer.
Give the same concept to the guys from Masterchef Australia and it could be phenomenal.
Got to finally finish this. Really enjoyed it overall, but I was a bit disappointed with the last two episodes. Not just because my faves kept getting knocked out but the finalists/winner seemed to converge to a similar style/palate and the narration got overly dramatic. Was also disappointed for the push for Timothy by Achatz and the repeated French Laundry namedrops. Almost felt like he had a bit of an inside track.