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**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.

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  1. 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.

    Meh.

    1. If Nate Appleman had cooked like the second coming of Flay or Morimoto he still would have been booted off. It was clear that Guarnaschelli had the third best dish. Although I have watched this 'contest', I rarely watch ICA, so the outcome doesn't really matter to all that much.

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      1. re: John E.

        It was clear that Guarnaschelli had the third best dish.
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        How was that "clear"?

        Do you have Plato's third eye?

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Thanks for the reminder. I gotta pull that splinter out of my forehead...

          Merry Christmas!

        2. re: John E.

          I didn't think it was "clear," John. I was surprised she beat Amanda, but only because I thought Amanda was "the chosen one."

          1. re: chicgail

            I was referring to the initial round of cooking when all three of them were competing. I knew Guarnaschelli was going to be the IC because of the comments on her dessert.

            Merry Christmas!

        3. Surprise, surprise @who won...... Not!
          And the "I really need to win this", "I've got this won" etc etc in those confessionals had me slowly yawning. How many times can one say/hear, I really really really need to become the next IC.

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          1. re: RUK

            Usually when an episode is edited so that se hear someone talking repeatedly about how important it is that they win, it is a clue that they are NOT going to win.

          2. Reminds me of the following line from Casablanca: "I'm shocked, shocked I tell you, to find that gambling is going on in here."

            1. 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.