I was a fan of Adrienne and thought she was more creative and interesting and would have loved for her to win but I think the emphasis that some people online are passing on the criticism of Joe's beef seems to be grasping at straws. Joe's beef was described as "chewy". Sure that is not the ideal texture but it isn't like the meat was inedible like certain other proteins we have seen.
Also, the issue with Adrienne's second and third courses were the same, they were dry, no sauce to speak of to finish the dish. I was thinking the same thing when I saw her plate the octopus dish. That is all the grits you are going to give? And she didn't really put the octopus on the grits. Like they said, having it on a bed of grits probably would have helped with the dryness issue, along with having a sauce. And her beef dish, their issue with her smashing the peas was that it made it dry. Again, no sauce, the peas were her starch and from what I could tell there was no broth, so even though mashing beans is a good way to get a cream texture, if the beans are not sitting in a broth of any sort in my opinion it is likely any "creaminess" that one would get normally might have been lost. I don't recall how it looked on the plate, but it looked like a pile of the beans and additives, not really "lumped" indicating a stickiness or wetness Again we are not tasting but it doesn't seem unreasonable that could have happened.
And in terms of dessert, naming issues aside, it seemed like they didn't have enough pudding. Again, I personally liked the concepts of Adrienne's dishes but it seems like she missed on a couple execution points.