I'm stumped with where this season has gone versus the indications that were given when they started looking for teams.
As I recall, when they asked for teams to submit bios and videos for consideration, they specifically stated 2-person teams that were actively competing in the state targeted.
Now we see numerous restauranteurs who clearly aren't active on the competition circuit. Even more annoying is that they asked for 2-person teams and haven't presented any as such. The 2-person stipulation, in play again for the next season, made some sense to me if you were looking for the dynamic of two pitmasters who interacted with each other and could provide some entertainment value. Instead we see a single pitmaster with a helper that may or may not even be introduced on camera. No interaction and effectively no team. Just a head pitmaster and quiet sidekick.
Do they really know what they're looking for as they consider team applications or are the producers just flying by the seats of their pants?