Throughout this season, I had many favorite chefs competing; namely, Michael Chiarello, Robert Irvine, Anne Burrell, and Alex Guarnaschelli. I had actually thought that Chef Irvine would be able to do well, due to his experience with Dinner: Impossible. I've been disappointed to see some of my favorites go home. This leads me up to tonight's episode.
The first part of the show wasn't too bad. I'm not a professional chef, but I didn't think smoking was a wise preparation for a scallop, as Chef Faulkner did. But, what do I know? I was devastated that Chef Guarnaschelli was eliminated. I think she has the talent and skill to make an "Iron Chef", whatever that actually encompasses. She was a little too on edge, and overly worried, the entire time she was on the show. She never really had the confidence in herself, or what she created. I was sad to see her go. This however, set up what should have been a major battle between Chiarello and Faulkner.
I say, "should have". What made that change in my mind? Uhm... the commercial that followed... basically a big promo for crackers and wine. Sorry, but I thought was ridiculous for the penultimate episode, and a hell of a battle between those two chefs, to have such a blatant promotion. I wasn't impressed with either of the chefs' offerings. But, what do you expect? Friggin' crackers?? Overly buttery crackers could easily kill any delicate flavors you try to balance on them. I really disliked that they ruined such a potentially fantastic battle with this crap.
I honestly feel that Faulkner deserved a spot in the finale. I will now also interject my dislike for Chef Zakarian. I have no doubt that he's a good chef. Do I have to like him because of that? Hell no. So, I won't.
How I felt when I found out Zakarian was
going to the finale, and Alex was going home!
My thoughts on the next Iron Chef... I don't know if she can pull it off, but I think Elizabeth Faulkner can be the Next Iron Chef. I am also excited about (and my wife predicted this before the judgement came down to who was facing Zakarian) that they are letting them pick a sous chef from the other contestants. I would have love to see Alex vs. Faulkner for the win. I think in the finale, some of the "cutesy" crap that Zakarian often pulls, may bite him in the ass, finally. So, there's my prediction... Iron Chef Faulkner!
I am toying with idea of doing a "Food on TV" post on a weekly basis covering some of the shows I keep up with: Next Iron Chef (well, the last one, at least), Top Chef: Texas, and The Layover. So, keep checking back!