Tonight, we found out.
Orlando was pitted against Indian chef Kiran Virma of Houston. Whoever won moved on to the final round against Flay. Their main assigned ingredient was flatiron steak. Judges Anne Burrell and Spike Medelsohn liked Orlando's Korean-style steak lettuce wraps better than Virma's curry-infused steak fajitas, particularly when none of the fajita meat showed up on Burrell's plate.
The show format calls for the challenger to pick the dish to be contested in the final round. Orlando picked potato latkes.
Orlando, who won several times on the Food Network's "Chopped" show several years ago, made two dishes: latkes with smoked salmon, salmon roe, and sour cream, and latkes with apple and chipoltle peppers. Flay made a version with smoked trout, tarragon dressing, and pickled apricot.
The result, as decided in a blind tasting by judges Jason Burchard, first-ever "Chopped" grand champion Madison Cowan, and FN regular Maneet Chauhan: Ric Orlando!
Chalk up yet another Food Network win for a Hudson Valley chef.