That is exactly right! Totally unfair! Boo! Hiss! I wasn't a fan of hers, but she was in a no-win situation. If she had tried to mask the flavor or used it in a "subtle" way she would have been dinged for that.
It would have been right to send the older white guy home. Yes, I know he lost his wife, and that makes us all very sad, but why does he get so many second chances? Last week in the preheat he made a cheesecake and it was awful. In the main run, he made another cheesecake "to show the judges I know how to make a cheesecake." This week in the preheat he makes a tart and the crust is raw, baby. So, like a broken record, he makes another tart "to show the judges I know how to make a tart."
I'm not a professional chef, but I see so many of these bakers pouring ingredients on top of raw pastry. Do they think the underlying pastry will bake anyway? Wouldn't it be more probable that the raw pastry and the filling will just turn in to one big mashed up mess? Anyone who serves raw pastry should be shown the door; it could be a health hazard to serve that.
Have to laugh at all the times I've seen the bakers pulling their desserts out of the oven without oven mitts or hot pads. Uh huh.