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Man, I hated this episode! I don’t even feel like writing this recap! But for the sake of the people who missed the show, let’s just get down to it!
This week was all about risk. The chefs bid on plates of auctioned foods using increments of time instead of cash, like some sort of crazy culinary “Name That Tune.” As each ingredient was unveiled, the chefs had to say: “I can cook those sardines… or that disgusting looking plate of tuna jerky that even my dog wouldn’t touch… in 60 minutes!”
The goal was to win your ingredient by bidding on it using the lowest amount of time to cook it in. For example, Burrell won sardines in 50 minutes, Chiarello won lobster in 25 minutes, Zakarian won Wagyu beef in 30 minutes, and Falkner won tuna jerky in 25 minutes.
Poor Alex. She was forced to take the last mystery plate, and wound up having only 20 minutes to cook a huge leg of lamb. How did she feel about that?
I legitimately felt bad for Alex here. She really needed the stand mixer so she could start grinding her meat down, but pastry chef and Joogasm-inducer Elizabeth Falkner was hogging it to “whip eggs” for her souffle. I’ve gotta hand it to Falkner, though. A pastry chef cooking a souffle IS really risky! She’s a regular risk taker! Next week, tune in to watch her drink a sip of milk one day past its expiration date.
Since Burrell won the last challenge, her advantage this week was getting to taste all the dishes and automatically send one of her competitors to the elimination challenge. As soon as I heard that, my “REALITY TV RADAR” went off and I had a hunch that no matter how great Burrell’s sardine dishes were… no matter how flawlessly they were executed… she would be in the bottom two simply for the television drama of having to compete in a challenge against the person she put there next to her.
And wouldn’t you know it? That’s exactly what happened. Burrell wrote Zakarian’s name down, because she said she felt he took the least amount of risk by simply searing a piece of beef. And a few minutes later, after Judy Joo had adequately fawned over how “hot” Falkner was, the judges sent Burrell to the elimination challenge to compete against the man she put there.
Zakarian and Burrell competed head to head in Battle Panko/Ponzu. And to make it even more difficult, they had to make a dessert.
Zakarian made souffle and Burrell made panko-coated zucchini with ice cream over a caramel ponzu sauce. The judges said both of the dishes were excellent, and the only criticism they had about either dish was that Zakarian sprinkled powdered sugar over his souffle.
In the end, though, the judges said one dish was more “sophisticated” – and that dish was created by Zakarian. Anne Burrell was then eliminated from the show. I know, lame, right?
I wanted to see Anne win this whole thing, but it wasn’t in the cards this time. But hey, you can still show your support for Anne by visiting Food Network’s annoying pop-up ridden website and voting for her in the Iron Chef Fan Vote!
I’m now throwing 100% of my support behind Alex Guarnaschelli, and want to see her mop the floor with these other 3. She has the least ego, she’s the most sincere, and she wants it the most. And I hope she goes all the way.
And that brings this week’s recap to an end. Stay tuned next week, when the final 4 chefs head to Long Island, two people are eliminated, and risky Elizabeth Falkner leans back too far in her office chair. THE HORROR.
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