This episode was very similar to an episode last year, when Anne Burrell had the same advantage in a challenge, and was later eliminated against the chef she sent in.
After the episode, fans of the show took to the Food Network site as well as others to voice their displeasure in the Chef Falkner elimination. As of writing this, there were over 500 comments, many of which say how angry they are about the elimination. Besides being angry about Chef Falkner's elimination, some of the popular opinions included:
- Feeling the competition isn't real and the actual Next Iron Chef is already chosen
- Outrage towards Alex Guarnaschelli as they feel she is the chosen one to win the competition
- Outrage towards the Food Network for having Geoffrey Zakarian as a judge because Alex Guarnaschelli has been a sous chef for him on past Iron Chef episodes
- Feeling that Geoffrey Zakarian is smug and shows favoritism towards Alex Guarnaschelli