If you've been watching season two of The Next Iron Chef, then you already know that last night, a new Iron Chef was crowned. The two finalists — New York's Jehangir Mehta and Philadelphia's Jose Garces — flew back to Manhattan after a whirlwind trip in Tokyo to compete in Kitchen Stadium for the final showdown. Get the scoop (warning: spoilers ahead!) when you read more.
The two chefs were asked to prepare five dishes that exemplify the melting pot of American cuisine. Although the judges' table had plenty of high praise for Mehta — Anya Fernald thought he showed a "glimpse at greatness" — it was ultimately Garces who took home the title, getting high marks for his technical execution.
Despite the fact that Garces won, I'm left feeling a little wary of whether either cheftestant is truly ready to take on Iron Chef challenges. After all, Jeffrey Steingarten declared he wouldn't pay for any of the food Garces offered up in Kitchen Stadium — and Mehta served the judges a barely-cooked pork burger. Did you tune in to watch the season finale? Did the right person win?