After a season of demanding, almost impossible challenges and big egos, Alex Guarnaschelli has won "Next Iron Chef: Redemption." Guarnaschelli joins Cat Cora as the second female Iron Chef on the show.
For the finale, Nate Appleman, Guarnaschelli and Amanda Freitag created a last supper using chicken, haddock and sea urchin. Freitag's perfect roasted chicken with lemon ricotta and crispy skin made her a shoo-in for the final battle, but the judges weren't so sure about Appleman's haddock chowder and Guarnaschelli's sea urchin flan. No clue what gave Guarnaschelli the edge over Appleman, but I was happy to see her win and turn it into an all-girl final battle. "Iron Chef" desperately needed representation from a woman other than Cat Cora.
Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Michael Symon and Masaharu Morimoto joined the judges table, and the chairman finally made an appearance, ninja sound effects and all. For the challenge, the chefs had one hour to create three dishes that paid respect to the existing Iron Chefs. Here's a breakdown of the dishes:
Freitag prepared an inventive feta burrata (made with milk skin stuffed with feta) with tomatoes, ponzu, lime and shiso leaf; lamb loin with eggplant and yogurt puree; and brown sugar almond cork cake with miso honey ice cream.