**SPOILERS** Your next Iron Chef, redemption style, is ...
... Alex Guarnaschelli.
Amanda advances with chicken.
Alex squeaks by with urchin.
In Kitchen Stadium, Alex takes the cake in no small part to her sour cream ice cream with chili cherry tart dessert.
Jeez Food Network, way to insult the viewers. It was obvious from the get-go that either Alex or Amanda were going to win. And since Alex has been playing sous chef for Zakarian most of this past season, it was almost a forgone conclusion... I lost interest once Faulkner was booted off.
Reminds me of the following line from Casablanca: "I'm shocked, shocked I tell you, to find that gambling is going on in here."
I'm with you all - no surprise as it was clear from the beginning they were putting Alex in the ICA spot. Given that the top chefs in the US would never become ICAs, I've never taken the competition seriously but I have enjoyed seeing some really talented chefs compete and some interesting ones win. This time (and actually last) it was all just clearly a FN promo piece and so dull and rather unsavory.
No more for me.