Video Next Iron Chef: Chefs Guarneschelli, Chiarello eliminated; Zakarian v. Falkner in finale

Resident Foodies say: December 11’s episode of Next Iron Chef was a double elimination. Chef Alexandra Guarneschelli was the first to go, while Chef Geoff Zakarian–who has been consistent all season–was the first to make it into the finale. The secret ingredient for the challenge between the remaining two chefs was crackers. Chef Michael Chiarello lost based on flavor and integration of the secret ingredient.

That means Chef Elizabeth Falkner goes up against Chef Zakarian, female against male, West Coast v. East Coast. Zakarian may be the favorite, but Falkner should win it all. It’s “Tebow Time” for Chef Falkner to pull this thing out.