Alex Guarnaschelli won her first battle as an Iron Chef against UK Iron Chef Judy Joo tonight on the Food Network. The secret ingredient was Mortadella, and the format for the show was not the normal Iron Chef America format.
Both chefs had to present their first dish while they were still cooking, and this dish was also judged while they were cooking, with Alex receiving an 11 and Judy Joo receiving a 9. There was also a 'culinary curveball' revealed during the competition, which was having to use an ebelskiver pan.
After the judges scored all of the dishes, Judy Joo received a total of 75 points (first dish, taste, culinary curveball, originality, plating), while Alex Guarnaschelli received 80 points. I guess this means Alex Guarnaschelli can win battles without Geoffrey Zakarian as one of her judges.