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Old 06-07-2007, 10:02 PM   #1
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Brainstorm some Iron Chef America matchups

the original Iron Chef seemed to have really good challengers. There was the Ohta faction, which was a group of super-traditional Japanese chefs, who kept battling Morimoto (the contemporary-Japanese Iron Chef); a former personal chef of a mayor of Paris; someone who lost to Chen Kenichi in some other contest & wanted revenge, etc etc. It always seemed to be one illustrious challenger after another on the original show, & Iron Chef America doesn't seem to have many. Or maybe it's that they don't play up the challenger's "illustriousness" like the original show did? I wonder if we can think up some people who would be good to see on Iron Chef America? What about the White House chef (whoever it is) or the chef of some foodie governor, or maybe Bobby Flay vs Locke Dean (Flay's former teacher)... or Oprah Winfrey's personal chef, etc etc? Does anyone have any more ideas? What about someone who Flay beat in a throwdown?

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Old 06-08-2007, 05:34 PM   #2
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Personal chefs will have a much more difficult time on ICA because of the pace, atmosphere, etc. It's a little different than from cooking on the line everyday. Besides, do you honestly think that someone who cooks for Oprah or the President is going to be cutting edge, ultra-innovative, etc.? Maybe but I highly doubt it. They don't have the clientele or the need to be competitive with other restaurants to force themselves to constantly expand their repertoires. What they need to do is to just keep continuing to bring on well known chefs. Also, as much as it pains me to say it, they need to replace Morimoto with another chef who does Asian cuisine. Although his food was cutting edge on the original Iron Chef, it is not so here. Honestly, I think Ming Tsai would be a great Iron Chef Asian. He beat Bobby Flay and he can cook different types of Asian cuisines beit Chinese, Thai, Korean, Japanese, etc.

But, some chefs that I would like to see compete, if only to see what they would put out:

Gary Danko
Thomas Keller
Hubert Keller
Grant Achatz
Charlie Trotter
Eric Ripert
Daniel Boulud
Norman Van Aken
Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Marcus Samuelsson
Michael Mina
Alessandro Stratta
Joel Robuchon
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Paula Deen. Rachel Ray. Jello. Wrestling.

I say Paula wins.
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Paula Deen. Rachel Ray. Jello. Wrestling.

I say Paula wins.
Throw a stick of butter in there and Paula will eat Rachel.
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Old 06-08-2007, 06:07 PM   #6
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Well back to the original topic lest the thread gets locked.
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Old 06-08-2007, 06:20 PM   #7
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Another vote for Charlie Trotter and Daniel Boulud.

I remember when Daniel first started out. He used to publish a monthly newsletter and I was a charter subscriber. He didn't publish it very long because his career started to take off as did his family. I still treasure those issues and prepare recipes from them.
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I would love to see Ming Tsai in there somewhere - he's extremely talented and I don't see him anymore!!! What happened to him?
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I would love to see Ming Tsai in there somewhere - he's extremely talented and I don't see him anymore!!! What happened to him?

If you are lucky and you will find him on PBS.

How about

Mary Ann Esposito
Father Dominick
Everyday food people???
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But, some chefs that I would like to see compete, if only to see what they would put out:

Gary Danko
Thomas Keller
Hubert Keller
Grant Achatz
Charlie Trotter
Eric Ripert
Daniel Boulud
Norman Van Aken
Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Marcus Samuelsson
Michael Mina
Alessandro Stratta
Joel Robuchon
i looked them all up on wikipedia & i think any of the iron chefs would get smoked. it would definitely be an awesome battle between an iron chef and anyone on that list!

re: ming tsai battled bobby flay on the 3rd episode & won. i've never seen that one though.
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