Think Michael was last for his starter but top three for the other three courses. First time anyone has had three top three dishes, and he still never got one to the banquet!
Looking back, I think you're right.
I think this week has been helped by the absence of Alan Murchison.
From some of the preview clips, it seems there are a few chefs returned who have competed in the past but skipped last years, like Tony and Michael this week.