I never think of DouglasRodriguez as a local chef -- we first ate at Yucca, his restaurant in CoralGables, FL. Isn't Alma de Cuba really part of Stephen Starr's group? With Rodriguez s the opening chef?
I've never been to 10 Arts but the food at El Camino Real is mediocre at best and poor at worst. Although this probably has more to do with the kitchen staff's execution (they are always very busy) than the chef's personal chops.
But they always keep around a good looking woman until the mid-end of the show. I think Carroll can win. Daniel Boulud has been a judge when some of his employees have been on the show. Eric Ripert is awesome.