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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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  1. 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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    1. re: Phil

      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.

      1. re: Rob

        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...

        1. re: JG

          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.

          1. re: christina z

            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.

        2. re: Rob

          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.

        3. re: Phil

          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?

          1. re: Erika

            Sat. at 10pm on Chs. 65 and 73

        4. 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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          1. re: Les
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            NATASHA ARRINGTON

            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

            1. re: NATASHA ARRINGTON

              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.