We know now the three judges on "Cooking Under Fire" (Todd English, Ming Tsai and Michael Ruhlman) preferred Hagan-Welchel over runner-up Sara Lawson and were dead-set on picking her no matter how she performed on the finale. How? The final cookoff saw Hagan-Welchel turn her dishes in 22 minutes late and she didn't bother to do prepare a dessert, either. Hey, no problem. The judges declared her the winner anyway, with Todd English proclaiming her as "the next great American chef." ...
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