Well there you have it; the next Iron Chef is Michael Symon.
I was rooting for Chef Besh from the get go, but after watching each week, felt either one would do a great job. Thought the last minute dessert really was going to secure the coronation for Besh, but I think what tipped the scales to Symon was his interactive personality. Looking forward to his commentary while cooking in future competitions.
Only disappointment was that we didn't get to see as much of the food preparation as a regular episode of IC--had to save minutes for the two panels of judges.