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JG Jan 23, 1999 11:19 PM

Saw the wierdest show, it was on at 10 pm ch. 73 and it was in asian. It was some sort of cooking competion involving lobster. These chefs were go ast it franticly, making the strangest but interesting dishes i`ve ever seen.They were cooking for a panel of judges, while other chefs looked on, dressed in surreal chefs garb. Again the dishes were very unique, I wish I understood what they were saying. This is a weekly show, has anybody else seen it? If so your thoughts

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    Les Jan 24, 1999 03:52 PM

    All you need to know about "Iron Chefs."
    http://www.ironchef.com/

    This is a great show and if one ignores the outrageous
    costume of the MC and the frentic pace of the show one
    could come to appreciate the talent of the three iron
    chefs and their challengers.

    p.s. The "Japanese" Iron Chef is the executive chef of
    Nobu NYC. He flies to Japan every month for taping
    sessions.

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      NATASHA ARRINGTON Jun 25, 2000 11:20 PM

      I REALLY THINK THAT THE IRON CHEF'S ARE GOOD! BUT FOR SOME REASON I DON'T FEEL THAT IT IS FAIR. I'M NOT REALLY SURE WHAT ALL THEY ARE JUDGED ON, BUT I DO KNOW, THAT IT IS TIMES WHEN I WATCH THE TASTING, AND IT SEEMS THAT THE IRON CHEF IS NOT DOING SO WELL, BUT FOR SOME REASON HE ALWAYS SEEMS TO PULL IT OFF AT THE END. CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS ALL BASED ON?

      THANK YOU,

      NATASHA

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        Dave Feldman Jun 26, 2000 01:27 AM

        After having a tough time at first, I'm getting rather good at predicting who will win at Iron Chef. I think there is a tendency for the judges, particularly the actors, to overcompensate in their remarks to their less-favored chefs, knowing that they are about to vote for the other.

        And of course, the comments are heavily edited. On the New York Iron Chef contest, Nina Zagat barely got a word in edgewise; presumably, her other remarks were left in the editor's wastebasket.

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      Phil Jan 24, 1999 01:43 AM

      sounds like Iron Chef, Japanese show where visiting
      chefs compete against shows chefs using specific
      ingredients. I've never seen it, there was an article
      in Savuer. It has quite a cult following (numerous
      websites) use to be subtitled. I think I read food
      network will be showing it with subtitles in the
      future. Seems production company did not realize how
      popular it was over here and only now is trying to
      capitalize on it (and I've never seen the show!)

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        Rob Jan 24, 1999 02:11 PM

        I agree, it is a great show, even though I can't
        understand a word they're saying. I actually sent off
        an email to Food TV long ago, suggesting that they
        show it with subtitles, in place of their extremely
        lame game shows i.e. Ready, Set, Cook.

        Ready Set Cook, which allows cooks to use something
        like $9 in ingredients, and 20 minutes, results in
        recipes that are little more than a mish mash. Not
        interesting to watch at all. Iron Chef allows chefs
        to utilize fine ingredients and plenty of time, and
        the results are exceptionally interesting. I also
        like the Japanese respect and appreciation for food
        and good eating which is evidenced by the show, and
        which I wish more Americans would share. Looking
        forward to watching it with subtitles, as I'm sure
        that the show can get only more interesting if I can
        understand what these guys are saying.

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          JG Jan 24, 1999 03:51 PM

          100 % AGREED Great show. FT net work
          needs a wake-up call. Ready set... is
          pitiful, Ruggerio is a clown, the game
          show pathectic. Especially Emeril, he is
          a good cook but he grates on me.
          Shouting, piing shit on top, and alot of
          his recipes don`t work. The N.Y. times
          article on him should of been his demise,
          his 15 mins. has got to be over soon. He
          must be stopped!!! He really irks me. I
          mean how much essence do u have to use.
          It`s Prudhommes concoction any way. The
          !@#$%% recipe thief. Sorry but let me tell you what I really think of him...

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            christina z Jan 25, 1999 09:38 AM

            YES!!! Ready, Set, Cook is lame and Pressure Cooker
            is lamer. The shows are rerun too often. Emeril is
            no longer entertaining and his recipes are awful.
            The Food Network should be showing more instructive
            chef shows such as Lydia's Kitchen (starring Lydia
            Bastianich), Jacques Pepin (with or without his
            daughter), Cooking Secrets of the CIA and even some
            old shows done by chefs that are no longer with us like
            Pierre Franey. Improvement is long overdue at Food TV.

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              Eric R. Jan 25, 1999 09:15 PM

              Really touched a nerve...

              Food Network has clearly lost its way. The game shows
              are all awful. Add to that the completely detestable
              Robin Leach. Emphasis on real cooking and cuisines is
              a must. I agree that classic shows (Julia Child, the
              Great Chefs series, etc. would be an excellent
              substitute for the misguided "show-biz" clamor all too
              available.

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            Bruce W. Feb 6, 1999 06:05 PM

            I've been watching it for a year and a half on TKR
            cable in rockland county, but for the last six months
            or so it hasn't been on.There are so many funny
            comments by the panel it kills me not to know what they
            are saying, it would be great to get all the shows to
            be aired with subtitles, even without them it was a
            great show! Why doesn't somebody do an english
            version,the Food Channel,nah they could never do it as
            classy as the Japanese,maybe the C.I.A.,they do
            everything with class.
            Chow,
            Bruce W.

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            Erika Jan 25, 1999 09:09 PM

            Iron Chef is AMAZING. I didn't see the Saveur piece,
            but there was a huge spread in the LA Times back in
            October of 1998. The first ever American chef to beat
            one of the Iron Chefs on the show (there are four, each
            specializing in a different cuisine - Italian, French,
            Chinese, Japanese) has a restaurant, Charles Nob Hill,
            in San Francisco. My only question is, what channel is
            it on now? I have TimeWarner cable in lower Manhattan,
            and used to be able to watch it (Sat, 10pm) but now
            it's nowhere to be found. Anyone?

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              Les Jan 27, 1999 07:26 PM

              Sat. at 10pm on Chs. 65 and 73

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