Now before I reveal the name of the chef no longer in the competition, let’s review those still in the competition. We have Chef Mehta, Chef Appleman, Chef Vigneron, Chef Freitag, Chef Falkner and Chef Guarnaschelli. All chefs capable and deserving of the title, but many would argue that Chef Vigneron should have been sent packing last week alongside his buddy Chef Mendelsohn. The friends were in an alliance and chose to place their dishes on the same plate compared to separate ones. One would argue that because they broke the rules no second chances should have been given, but expect the unexpected. When it was revealed that Chef Elizabeth Falkner was eliminated I couldn’t believe it.
That’s right the runner-up from last season is no longer a contender. The judges were shocked by the elimination, as well as the other chefs. Falkner was at a loss for words as she hurried her way from the kitchen. That woman was a genius in the kitchen and would have made an excellent chef alongside the other titans (Bobby Flay, Michael Symon and Geoffrey Zakarian).
The twist in the episode was that Chef Falkner had an advantage from her previous win. She would become a fourth judge in the competition and select one competitor to be in the bottom. Even if the judges chose that contestant as a winner, Falkner’s vote would still place them in the bottom. It was a risk because like last season Chef Burrell was sent packing after placing Chef Zakarian in the bottom. It is an advantage that I would have selected to pass on. Both Chef Falkner and Chef Appleman were the bottom two and forced to compete in the secret ingredient showdown chosen by
Something that is dreaded by many Americans, but both Chef Falkner and Chef Appleman brought their best to the table, but ultimately Falkner’s overuse of saffron was the dagger in the chest. I have never seen the judges speechless as long as I have been watching the series. Chef Falkner’s reaction was heartbreaking; she was so close last time and to be sent packing before making the finals is unbelievable.
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