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Geoffrey Zakarian Is 'The Next Iron Chef' Season 4 Winner

December 19, 2011 (8:24 am) GMT
Beating out Elizabeth Falkner in the finale, the New York chef says it's 'extremely humbling to be an Iron Chef.'
Geoffrey Zakarian Is 'The Next Iron Chef' Season 4 Winner

It's another battle on another TV show on Sunday, December 18. While the final three castaways pled their win on ": South Pacific", the remaining two chefs on ": Super Chefs" showed off their cooking skill and made the best dishes for the judges.

Taking place in the Kitchen Stadium, Geoffrey Zakaria and Elizabeth Falkner faced off each other in the finale. Iron Chefs Bobby Flay and Masaharu Morimoto came as guest judges, joining regular judges Simon Majumdar, Judy Joo and Michael Symon.

The two finalists had to make holiday meal using secret ingredients including beef crown roast, candy canes, clementines, acorn & butternut squash, salt cod, brussels sprouts, unfiltered apple cider and parsnips. They must create three Christmas theme dishes with those ingredients.

After 14 minutes passed, the Chairman revealed the first surprise which forced them to use cranberries as another theme ingredient they must create a dish with. On the positive side, they were given a chance to pick one former competitor from the audience as an additional sous chef for 15 minutes for each side of the kitchen. Zakaria and Falkner agreed to choose Alex Guarnaschelli.

When 30 minutes already passed, the Chairman revealed the second surprise which was to create a frozen dessert using the ice cream machine. With only 15 minutes remaining, the pressure got higher after the Chairman announced the third surprise which told the two competing chefs to make a "holiday-themed" cocktail served in a martini glass.

After tasting the dishes presented by both Chef Zakaria and Chef Falkner, the judges weighed in on the two finalists before picking their personal winner. It was later announced that Zakaria won over Falkner. Commenting on his victory, the New York chef who had also competed on "" said it's "extremely humbling to be an Iron Chef."

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