Top Moments of Iron Chef Gauntlet, Episode 5

Join Alton Brown, the challengers and the judges on set to see what it takes to make a bid for the most-revered title in the culinary industry.

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Photo By: Eddy Chen , Eddy Chen

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High Stakes

For the first time in the competition, one chef will be sent home following the Chairman's Challenge, Alton announces. Similarly, the altar brings with it a first as well: the first non-ingredient Secret Ingredient. The chefs can fill up their baskets with any five ingredients they like, but they can't use anything other those picks to prep their dishes. It's a lesson in simplicity, Alton says, which causes mixed feelings from the challengers.

A Strong Showing

"Stuff that I've never made before." That's how Chef Izard classifies her custard-crab offering, which all but sends her into a panic as it struggles to set within the allotted time. The finished dish proves to be a success after all, as Alton praises her, "This is a difficult thing to do." She earns the win this challenge.

Making Whey for Success

Chef Grueneberg is set on making pasta, but she's forced to sacrifice one ingredient — ultimately butter — when she realizes that she has too many on hand. Her solution? After making a quick from-scratch ricotta cheese, she uses the whey that's produced to craft a sauce for her ravioli. "This is a love letter to Parmigiano-Reggiano," says Alton, who goes on to deem her pasta "perfect."

Tempting Fate

"I'm going to get destroyed," Chef Dady predicts as he awaits judgment from Alton. The challenger has focused on the flavors of salmon, egg and asparagus, the combination of which Alton appreciates. However, Alton does take issue with egg yolk sauce, and in the end, that's enough to send Chef Dady home. "Extremely disappointing," says Chef Dady simply. "I hate losing. I hate it. It's the worst."

Windy City Pride

Alton reveals that Battle Egg is the name of the game in what will ultimately be the most-important Secret Ingredient Showdown of the competition. Only one of these challengers — both restaurateurs from Chicago, as it turns out — will go on to run the gauntlet next week against a trio of Iron Chefs.

Pasta That Pleases

Chef Grueneberg has remained in her wheelhouse of pasta throughout the contest, and this all-important battle is no exception. Though her egg yolk-stuffed ravioli earns rave reviews from the judges, her first course, a stracciatella soup, is less successful, at least for Ching-He Huang. "I don't really see the swirls of egg patters," the judge notes. "It wasn't a pow for me."

Impressive Work

Like Chef Grueneberg, Chef Izard's first course proves to be her least successful, as Iron Chef Guarnaschelli says that the egg-veggie "disappoints," while her okonomiyaki "thrills." It's Chef Izard's dessert offering of yuzu-spiked curd, though, that makes the greatest impression on Alex, as the Iron Chef tells her, "I don't know if I could have made this in an hour."


With a five-point victory over Chef Grueneberg, Chef Izard earns the right to advance to next week's finale, where she'll run the gauntlet against a trio of Iron Chefs. Looking ahead, she feels of a range of emotions about what's in store. "I'm super excited, but I'm also getting stressed already," she says. "I really need to bring it if I'm going to take down three Iron Chefs."

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