It's sad to say, but you could almost see this one coming. Chef McPherson had shown a crippling lack of confidence from the beginning, and it seemed like it was only a matter of time before her timid choices would get her eliminated. Although Tom felt that her concepts were solid, her dishes missed the mark, and that was true in the berry challenge. With a rubbery terrine that was slice too thinly and a crostini that was too crunchy, the judges had to send her packing.
It's hard to see nice people get eliminated, but the Top Chef Kitchen is a cruel crucible to endure.