Some of the snack items were much more difficult to "manipulate" than others.
Alex admitted that she gave Anne something she knew she could work with.
Sorry to see Chuck go, as well.
I don't know how much longer Beau will last., though.
for cutie Chef Hughes.
for Elizabeth Faulkner though! Whee!
I meant to take the high road.... but I missed the exit.
B-b-b-but, she's a PASTRY chef!
Ah, FSU! Where thread drift comes to play.
Wow....Kevin Nealon's improv gives them octopus, tortillas, cumquats, and marshmallows and they have to make one dish with them....YUCK!!!
Apparently it takes 30 minutes to pressure cook an octopus and they have 45 minutes....I think it will come down how well that is prepared.
Really impressed with Chef Faulkner so far. I can't believe she used "marshmallow ash".....HA!
Can't believe Chiarello made a Marshmallow Aioli.....and he wins the challenge!
The more I see Food Network advertise Anne Burrell's "Cook Like a Rock Star" cookbook, the more I want to buy it.
So it is MacMillian vs. Zakarian for the pair off......secret ingredient is coconut! I think this is the easiest ingredient the showdown has had so far.
And MacMillian goes home! Really, he should have gone home last week.
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I was expecting Beau to be one of the first to go. I also expected Alex to win the challenge. I really despise Chiarello.
Logic is in the eye of the logician --Gloria Steinem
My guess is that Chiarello didn't win anyway - especially aftter this Facebook post. Looks like he is getting another show.
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That was a challenging group of ingredients.
Apparently, some remarkable dishes were made with them.
Beau's doesn't seem to have been one of them.
That would give the judges a "tipping point", if they needed/wanted to use it.
Could Chiarello's "issue" be with female chefs, in general; not just Falkner?
his youngest daughter just started studying at the CIA.
I am rooting for either Elizabeth Faulkner or Anne Burrell to win this. I think they both have the creativity to win this.
So far, none of the men have done enough humorous communicating during the cooking to warrant IC status. I think this will be an all female final unless one of the men suddenly acquires a TV persona.
AceOn6, the golf loving skating fan
So the chefs prepared a dish based on a NYC landmark. Thought that Chiarello gave Faulkner a gift by taking her Empire State Building and having her get the Brooklyn Bridge.
Chiarello's dish looked a little blah but I have never had rabbit. Is it tasty?
Burrell totally deserved to win with those cornish hens and fried chicken livers. Guarnaschelli looked like she would rather be somewhere else.
Whoa - it was Faulkner and Samuelsson in the final two for the challenge! Really - Zakarian needs to go. His dishes looked like a hot mess - I would have been confused as to what was even on the plate. I thought Faulkner's pork schnitzel with apples looked great! Too bad they didn't like her story.
Secret ingredient was bagels - Faulkner's "Bagel with the Works" was GENIUS. It looks like she has done the best job of any contestant with making ice cream so far. Samuelsson's Lox with Gazpacho looked blah to me.
And Samuelsson goes home. WHEW!!!!
At the end the chef talk about their rivalries. The "She's a chef, a pastry chef, and a baker - how does she do that?" comment that Zakarian made about Faulkner was jerkish to me.
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I was surprised to see Falkner in the bottom two. It seems they loved her food, but hated her story. I agree that the story was really poorly presented (despite the judges trying to coax it out of her ), but since when is that more important than taste?
I caught a few minutes of ICA tonight. I guess I haven't watched in a while, but is Iron Chef Cora gone? If so then (1) good, she was weak and (2) they are definitely looking for a new female Iron Chef. The fix is in for the girls ladies.
Yeah, Cora is leaving because she wants to deal with her restaurants and stuff, from what I heard.
It simply must be Anne. I will be so upset if anyone else wins, even thought I like all the female chefs. The only man left that I could deal with was Samuelson and now he is gone. Anne all the way!!
"Michelle would never be caught with sausage grease staining her Vera Wang." - rfisher
Sorry that Samuelsson is gone, as he had a diverse background and mastery of styles that would have made a great Iron Chef.
Not many bakers/pastry chefs are equally comfortable with savory dishes.
It's a common view, even among chefs; so Zakarian's comment doesn't surprise me.
For those of you who really follow this sort of stuff, is Zakarian really that big of a prick, or does he just play one on TV?
AceOn6, the golf loving skating fan
He may seem so; but after you've seen him cook - and talk a little about his background (on the "Chopped" Charity series) - you understand more about why he behaves as he does.