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With the new format on Iron Chef America, after the first dish, Chef Zakarian was ahead of Chef Chiarello 12-10. The culinary curveball was then announced, in which the chefs had to incorporate scotch bonnet peppers into one of their dishes.
After the judges scored all of the dishes, Geoffrey Zakarian received a total of 78 points (first dish, taste, culinary curveball, originality, plating), while Michael Chiarello received 70 points. Pretty easy victory for Geoffrey judging by the points, but the judges tonight didn't seem too serious about judging, so who knows how close it actually was.
Geoffrey was without his favorite sous chef Alex Guarnaschelli as she is now an actual Iron Chef, but was still able to pull out the victory without her.