I will admit that Dale was a jerk and that he was a bit arrogant at times. But like on reviewer on here, he was really given a raw deal and that Anthony Bourdain shouldn't had been the judge. Dale was doing all he could to run the kitchen in the restaurant wars things. This is the one episode that was disappointing. And that Lisa, who had two or three bad dishes, to Dale, should had gone home. Not Dale despite his reputation for being a jerk.
Overall, had he not went home early like that. He probably would had made it to the final four or final three!