What. Just. Happened. If you didn’t tune into last night’s Next Iron Chef and don’t want to be spoiled, look away, because this is the spoiler of all spoilers. We’re really starting to wonder what the eff Spike Mendelsohn was talking about when he spilled to us that Alton Brown is sitting on a Save Card this season, because we cannot believe it wasn’t used last night.
Judge Simon Majumdar began openly weeping and Donatella Arpaia splayed out across the judges’ table in agony over their decision to kick off Chef Elizabeth Faulkner in a crushing sixth place elimination for the powerhouse chef. We were pegging her for the final two, no contest, after she came in as runner-up to Geoffrey Zakarian last season.
Last night’s episode featured the dreaded auction challenge, which Faulkner and Alex Guarnaschelli competed in last season. In that contest, Chef Anne Burrell won the advantage, which was the opportunity to judge all her competitors’ dishes and determine one member of the final two. The regular judges would choose the other worst dish. Anne Burrell wound up being the judges’ least favorite, forcing her to face a contestant she pitted herself against in the secret ingredient showdown. She ultimately went home, in spite of having the advantage.
Last night? Same shit, different season. Elizabeth won the advantage and placed Nate Appleman in the bottom. She wound up cooking the judges’ least favorite dish herself, had to face him in the secret ingredient showdown, and was ultimately sent home for too much saffron. You can check out the elimination below if you want, but be warned: it’s utterly gut-wrenching. We have yet to recover. (Simon really tears up!)
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