This episode we find our final four Chefs (Zakarian, Falkner, Chiarello, and Guarnaschelli) in the Hamptons in Long Island, NY.
The Challenge? 2 hours to cook a 3 course tasting seafood menu for 20 people (plus the 3 judges).
The theme? Passion.
The budget? $300. This is the Hamptons, remember, where Guarnaschelli tells us that a carton of eggs is $7!
And it's a double elimination challenge.
As the winner of last week's challenge, Falkner gets a 15 minute head start for her shopping spree.
Zakarian's Hello Kitty band-aids make another cameo appearance (several in fact). Love it. It's for good luck he tweets.
Everyone seems annoyed by Chiarello's "story telling". Shut the f*ck up seems to be the general consensus.
Onto the judging.
Guarnaschelli's clam chowder was found to be salty by one judge and not very original, and her lobster Hollandaise was "too rich".
Falkner's clam chowder was greeted with bowl licking and cries of "spectacular" but her scallops was too "one note" for some.
Zakarian's black fish minute steak dish was a winner -- "sensational' says one judge -- but the scallop sausage dish was not the prettiest food of the competition bemoans one judge.
Chiarello's clever use of basil was a hit and his "punny" story telling about his fluke dish got some polite laughter but the scallop was "slightly ... just a hair" overcooked. He begs to differ.
WINNER: Zakarian (1 of 2 finalists)
Secret Ingredient showdown: Chiarello versus Falkner (winner is the 2nd finalist)
Secret Ingredient? Town House Crackers and Entwine Wine.
Crackers must be an ingredient and a serving vessel for each bite. Yikes.
So it's Zakarian versus Falkner for, literally, the Next Iron Chef in next week's season finale.
Kitchen Stadium here we come.
By the way, hate that "NextIronChef" hash-tag that looms on the screen constantly.
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