Marcel Vigneron was the latest chef eliminated from The Next Iron Chef: Redemption after failing to beat Alex Guarnaschelli in the Elimination Challenge. That means Nate Appleman, Amanda Freitag, and Alex Guarnaschelli will be in the finals next week. In the finale, one chef will be eliminated in the first challange, and the final two chefs will battle it out in Kitchen Stadium to determine the winner of The Next Iron Chef: Redemption.
In this episode, the Chairman's Challenge had the chefs putting together a buffet with 2 cold offerings and 3 warm offerings around the ingredient of bacon. Amanda Freitag and Nate Appleman were on one team, and Marcel Vigneron and Alex Guarnaschelli were on another team. The judges overwhelmingly decided that Amanda and Nate's buffet was the better buffet and they both advanced to compete in the finale.
Alex Guarnaschelli and Marcel Vigneron were in the bottom 2 and went on to compete against each other in the Elimination Challenge, with the winner going on to the finale, and the loser going home. The secret ingredient was chocolate and candies. Alex Guarnaschelli made duck breast with red wine onions and chocolate duck heart, while Marcel made a white chocolate curry risotto along with chocolate eggplant and lamb. The judges decided to eliminate Marcel Vigneron from the competition because they felt his lamb was underdone.
What were your thoughts on the elimination? I think most would assume that seeing Alex vs. Marcel in the elimination challenge would result in Marcel being eliminated even if his food was better. I will have a poll up shortly to see who you are rooting for in the finale.
Update - Poll is up - go vote.