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Food Network Star Recap: Iron Chef Battle

August 07, 2011 07:09 PM by Megan Thompson

Only the strong chefs will survive the Iron Chef battle on tonight’s episode of Food Network Star. That’s right, the final four take to the famous kitchen with host Alton Brown. Plus, the eliminated chefs are back to compete! Keep reading to find out all the details and which chef is sent packing from the Food Network.

Iron Chef Challenge:

The final four enter the Iron Chef kitchen and are welcomed by Alton Brown, Bobby Flay and Michael Symon.  The chefs have an hour to make three dishes to present to the iron chefs and judging panel. Plus, each finalist will judge the dishes of their opponents.  Since Jeff won the last challenge he can pick who he goes up against.  Jeff actually makes a surprising choice and picks Susie!  Jeff comments that he knows Susie is the best chef in the competition, so I’m not sure why he chose her! Then Alton announces the sous chefs will be past contestants – Whitney, Jyll, Vic, Penny and Chris now enter! Jeff gets to pick his chef and he chooses Whitney.  The remaining three are randomly assigned.  And guess what?  Penny and Mary Beth get to work together, this should be interesting. 

Mary Beth Versus Vic:

Let’s get cooking! Alton Brown announces, “the secret ingredient is………rack of lamb!” Vic is up against Mary Beth first, while Susie and Jeff are commentators with Alton.  Jeff is rocking the commentary; he is very comfortable in front of an audience.  The judges all notice that Penny is working at a snail’s pace, but Penny says she is just being, “methodical.”  Mary Beth is determined to do as well as possible by herself!  Vic is scrambling to plate his dishes, but feels confident in his food. 

It’s judging time! Vic is up first to the panel and presents his food to the iron chefs.  All the judges love his lamb choices, but his fries and mint jelly were not winners.  Mary Beth tells great stories about her dishes, but the execution with her food is just not there.  Giada doesn’t love the lamb dishes, but truly likes Mary Beth’s thoughts behind her food.  We will have to see if good stories trump sub-par food! 

Jeff Versus Susie:

It’s now battle time between Jeff and Susie.  The secret ingredient for this challenge is……lobster! Mary Beth and Vic are now the commentators for this round.  Vic is nervous about having to answer to Alton!  Alton does slam Mary Beth for not knowing that all salt is sea salt!  Jeff is worried because he realizes all the dishes he made have store bought mayonnaise in them – not really iron chef cooking!

Now it’s Jeff and Susie to the judging table.  Bob tells Jeff his mastering the sandwich point of view.  Michael Symon does notice that Jeff didn’t use his own mayo, but overall Jeff did a great job.  It’s now Susie’s turn to be judged. All the judges think Susie is creative and spot on when it comes to her cooking technique. 

Evaluation and Elimination: 

The judges think Mary Beth has a great personality and food knowledge, but perhaps doesn’t have the cooking chops.  Giada calls Mary Beth eloquent in her demeanor and tells her that she is taking pointers from her! Vic is called out for not being on his toes during the commentating, but his food was creative. Jeff is given high remarks for his sandwiches, personality and commentating.  The judges are in love with Susie’s cooking, but feel she could have done better with commentating with Alton.  In the end, Susie and Vic are chosen as the battle winners.  Which leaves Jeff and Mary Beth is the bottom two.  The judges announce that Jeff is safe!  Mary Beth goes out with grace and dignity.  She is proud of herself and knows that food is her passion. 

Tune in next week for the finale!

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3 Responses to “Food Network Star Recap: Iron Chef Battle”

  1. Sela Says:
    August 7th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Actually, Alton Brown is wrong. Not all salt is sea salt.

    It is true that most commercially produced salt is sea salt. However, some salt is produced from other sources such as saltwater lakes and brine wells, as well as “salt rocks” (halite).

  2. Clementine Says:
    August 9th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Saltwater lakes used to be “seas”. Rock salt occurs in vast beds of sedimentary evaporite minerals that result from the drying up of enclosed lakes, playas, and seas. Salt is extracted from underground beds either by mining or by solution mining using water. In solution mining the salt reaches the surface as brine, which is then turned into salt crystals by evaporation.

  3. Totallyunderpowered Says:
    August 11th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Actually, Alton is wrong. There are sea salts, and rock salts. 30 seconds spent with a web browser will bear that out.

    Just google “rock salt”, “salt mine”, or go to Food Network’s own FAQ on salts to confirm for yourself. How embarrassing for Alton Brown to stick his foot in his mouth over something so elementary as “where does salt come from”?


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