This is one of the reasons I like the recently completed Tournament of Champions on FN even though I can't stand Guy Fieri. They had one gimmick - the Randomizer - and it managed to produce a unique challenge in every contest. And won by
As for LeeAnn, I'm beginning to wonder if she's not the same caliber as the rest of the chefs here. It's kind of the old school/new school debate over in the Survivor forum. Top Chef was a different animal when she was first on, brand new and finding it's way. There were no James Beard nominees then. And IIRC, the years when she worked behind the scenes, her job was to test the challenges, to prove that they could be done in the time allotted. That's not the same thing as producing a winning dish every week.