My early observations are as follows. This group seems more laid back in the early going. There seems to be more "professionals" then before. The good chefs are good, the others are mediocre at best. If I were to hazard a guess at this time, it would be that if Haung does not misstep he could win it all. I was thinking Tre, but he kind of got ahead of himself, and I am not sure that that will not happen again.
I like Howie (the big lug), I just can't believe that he overcooked the pork. Joey is playing the arrogant New Yorker and it really bugs the crap out of me. If he stays around, he needs to tone that act down.