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Here was the order of eliminations for each of the first four episodes:
- Episode 1 (Professional Chefs) - Fatima Ali (appetizer), Lauren Kyles (entree), Tom McKenna (dessert) - Winner - Giorgio Rapicavoli
- Episode 2 (Amateurs) - Marisa Biaggi (appetizer), Dinah Surh (entree), Elda Bielanski (dessert), Winner - Keith Young
- Episode 3 (Heroes) - Richard Fields (appetizer), Paul Rut (entree), Robbie Myers (dessert) - Winner - Diana Sabater
- Episode 4 (Celebrities) - Gillian Vigman (appetizer), Brandi Chastain (entree), Carnie Wilson (dessert) - Winner - Laila Ali
With Giorgio being the only professional chef in the finale, he should be the clear favorite, but you know how the judges can be won over by a feel good story. There is a fan vote on the Food Network site, and as of writing this, Keith has about 80% of the people rooting for him to win. So everyone is probably pulling for the underdogs (amateur/hero) to win over the professional with an advantage and a celebrity who probably doesn't need the prize.
I will update this post with the winner after the episode airs. (Spoiler after the break)
UPDATE: The first contestant eliminated in the finale was Keith Young, followed by Laila Ali. This put Diana Sabater vs. Giorgio Rapicavoli in the dessert round for the $50,000 prize and a car. Being a professional chef against a bunch of amateurs was a great advantage to Giorgio, however Diana somehow won the Chopped Ultimate Champions Tournament.