I don't think Malarkey's serving was producer manipulation. I just think the waiter(s) assigned to deliver to that side of the judges' table screwed up.
However, LCK? I would have bet my next paycheck before anyone cooked, that 1) Kevin would ultimately win whoever he cooked against, and 2) the order of judging would go, "Kevin wins. Kevin loses. Kevin wins.", again regardless of who he cooked against and what they made. Top Chef is probably the only competition show, besides The Great British Baking Show, where I normally think it's above producer manipulation (sob stories not withs