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Oct 31, 2006 08:27 PM

Food Network Iron Chef Make Believe? Flay should be nominated for an Emmy.

Didn't anyone else catch this?

Flay vs Tourondel battle goat cheese. The camera focuses in on Bobby Flay putting the finishing touches on one of his dishes. He's obviously sweating it to the very last second, his competitor is finished with time to spare.

You hear the female announcer say "30 seconds to go". The camera pulls away from Flay and you see (and hear) one of his sous chef's say "this is when he tell's me he needs something else". Within two seconds Bobby says "one of the dishes is missing here". Our blond sous chef comes to the rescue presenting the gnocchi dish.

The beauty of TIVO is the ability to re-play TV, and, there it is. It's obvious that Iron Chef is also as perfectly manicured for pubic consumption as are Food Network's other make believe shows.

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  1. it doesn't seem as challenging to me as the japanese version. There they have to plate 6 dishes each of the dish they plan to serve. Iron Chef American just plates 6 dishes in total. Plus they get pretty easy ingredients (at least in my opinion). So far all I see is MEAT MEAT MEAT. Once in a while they will get something else, but its boring

    For instance, I watched the cabbage battle on ICJ today (dvr-ed it). That seems like a more difficult thing to use. Also, broccoli, foie gras, truffles, etc.

      1. re: Trixie Too

        Interesting article; thanks for sharing.

      2. Thanks for the article Trixie Too. I don't know what made me think that these guys were really cooking, I guess some tooth-fairy thinking? One of the worst PR things that Food Network has done is give us behind-the-scenes looks at their shows. Yes, the whole thing's a sham.

        1. As for the lack of tension when the ingredient was revealed, I heard that the chefs are given a list of three possible ingredients so they can be mentally ready. Has anyone else heard this?

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          1. re: babette feasts

            I believe a list of possible ingredients were also given to the Iron Chefs on the original Japanese series. Of course the ingredients were much more interesting and "non-standard" so planning wouldn't be as easy task.

            Example: sea cuccumber and beef cheeks on the same possible list would drive any normal chef to think twice or to hedge his bets. Don't see that with AIC.

            1. re: babette feasts

              When I was in Seattle recently Tom Douglas at Dahlia Lounge was there and talking about his ICA experience (he won by the way). He was given three possible secret ingredients, and before going to tape, he and his sous chefs practiced the possible dishes they would prepare on the show.

              1. re: babette feasts

                That is true, knowing that wrecked the show for me. It's like it's professional wrestling or something.

              2. I've never seen an entire episode of ICA, even though I used to be an ICJ junkie, so I can't really comment on how 'real' ICA is or isn't, but I think the program is indicative of The Food Network's change in direction with their programming - away from cooking, with more entertainment and 'lifestyle' shows (whatever that means).

                BTW, interesting typo on the last paragraph of the OP...what would Freud say??

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                1. re: ricepad

                  "It's obvious that Iron Chef is also as perfectly manicured for pubic consumption ..."

                  iron chef - pube challenge - that one i'd watch!

                  1. re: ricepad

                    With a heavy German accent, "Pass ze dental floss, liebchin".