Next Iron Chef Finale: Falkner vs. Zakarian

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TV’s ultimate cooking competition,  The Next Iron Chef, culminates with a tête à tête between Elizabeth Elizabeth Falkner Geoffrey ZakarianFalkner and Geoffrey Zakarian.

Once known for all things dessert, All-Star Chef Elizabeth Falkner is now widely acknowledged to span both savory and pastry at her restaurants Citizen Cake and Orson.

A well-known chef for over 25 years, Geoffrey Zakarian now has two restaurants in NYC, The National and The Lambs Club. He’s also on the judging panel for Chopped and 24 Hour Restaurant Battle.

The theme ingredient for this winner-take-all showdown was Holiday Meal (rib roast, cider, winter squash, et al).  The judges were Simon Majumdar, Judy Joo, Iron Chefs Michael Symon, Bobby Flay and Masaharu Morimoto.

Each chef was asked to prepare three dishes.  the the Chairman calls them over to ask for a fourth dish using cranberries.  To help out he allows them to share and extra sous chef from their former competitors – 15 minutes with each side.  They decide on Alex.

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A few minutes later the Chairmen requests a fifth dish – ice cream.  Then a few minutes later he presents them with martini glasses – a sixth dish?  A cocktail?  The only rule is there has to be something to fill the glasses.

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Check below for the outcome:

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Congratulations to Chef Geoffrey Zakarian on becoming the Next Iron Chef.

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