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'Next Iron Chef' winner Alex Guarnaschelli's mom: 'Don't do it! You're not good at those things.'

The top three chefs -- Nate Appleman, who made a complex haddock chowder and Amanda Freitag and Alex Guarnaschelli -- squared off on Food Network's season finale of "Next Iron Chef: Redemption" Sunday (Dec. 23), with Guarnaschelli serving up sea urchin to secure her victory."I never thought for a minute that I would win," she tells Zap2it. "In the humblest of terms, I never dreamed I would win, and when that curtain dropped [revealing my photo], you could have knocked me over.""I did tell my parents," Guarnaschelli says. "My mom -- I called her and said, 'I am doing 'Next Iron Chef' again. And she said, 'Oh no, don't do it! You are not good at those things. Don't do it!' "Guarnaschelli says she understand her mom's need to protect her."It's the worst and most fabulous experience of my life," Guarnachelli says. "It was incredibly hard. At a certain point you get a group of... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/12/next-iron-chef-winner-alex-guarnaschellis-mom-dont-do-it-youre-not-good-at-those-things.html

Who is the 'Next Iron Chef' winner?

Having beaten out seven other high-end chefs for the honor, Alex Guarnaschelli was chosen as the winner of "The Next Iron Chef: Redemption." The chef managed to beat Amanda Freitag and Nate Appleman to take the title in the season 5 finals. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE So how did she win?Chairman's ChallengeThe chefs had to create a "Last Supper" menu incorporating one of the following ingredients:Farm Chicken (Chef Freitag)Haddock (Chef Appleman)Sea Urchin (Chef Guarnaschelli)Nate Appleman presented poached haddock and clam chowder. The judges called parts of his dish "absolutely perfect" and said that his haddock changed their mind about it being boring.Amanda Freitag gave the judges a lusty lemon-roasted chicken. "Wow wow wow wow wow..." was only part of the praise she got for the dish. It was called "one of the best dishes of the competition."Alex Guarnaschelli presented sea urchin custard with corn, brussel sprouts and sun-chokes. There was foam... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/12/alex-guarnaschelli-wins-the-next-iron-chef-season-5.html

'The Next Iron Chef: Redemption's' Amanda Freitag: 'I'm a surprise'

Amanda Freitag also is a contestant on the Sunday competition "The Next Iron Chef: Redemption." If she wins, she will become only the second female -- after Cat Cora -- to become an Iron Chef."Obviously I want to be a role model for any other female chefs, but then I don't walk around while I'm working in the kitchen and think, 'I'm a female,' " she tells Zap2it. "I just think of myself as a really good chef."Did being on "Next Iron Chef" previously give you an advantage this time around?"Once we got started, it felt like a disadvantage, actually. You knew what was coming, so the nerves almost were even greater than before. You knew that whatever the Chairman was going to bestow upon you was going to be 10 times harder than before. We knew the kitchen, we knew some of the challenges, so we knew he would mix it up on us."Where... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/11/the-next-iron-chef-redemptions-amanda-freitag-im-a-surprise.html
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