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Fantasy Iron Chef America

Ok - appoint 4 new Iron Chefs, who are there for their talent and originality, and not for their boyish good looks and lack of charm. And just for fun, propose a secret ingredient. Since I'm feeling a little devilish, I'd love to see what they could do with ketchup. Or water.

On the chef decision, I'd keep Mario, because he seems less distracted than many of Food Networks "stars" by the fame, and has kept true to his passion, which is cooking and food. Bobby, I would ax. He is conceited (standing on a cuttingboard???), and it irks me that he can't plate a dish without putting every color of the rainbow on it. I think Morimoto is talented but sometimes nuts (wasn't there a episode on the original show where he made spaghetti with ketchup in paper cones?), but he doesn't get called up much. Cat Cora is the token female, and she is just that. A token. Rarely gets called, and I think she is her #1 fan. I'm not sure who else is in her corner. I'd almost put Suzanne Goin in her place. This is a local preference of course, but having been to Lucques a couple times and AOC a couple more times, I haven't had a single dish I haven't liked or loved.

Who are your choices?

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  1. Iron Chef French: Daniel Boulud
    Iron Chef Italian: Anthony Susi
    Iron Chef Japanese: Masayoshi Takayama
    Iron Chef American: Thomas Keller (I know, I know, he does French, but how can you leave him off the list?)

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    1. re: Bostonbob3

      It would take Keller an hour just to prepare and plate the amuse bouche! I love his food, but I don't think his style of cooking would adapt to the Iron Chef format.

    2. Iron Chef Nightmare: Sandra Lee
      Iron Chef Crockpot: Rachel Ray
      Iron Chef Grating: Paula Deen
      Iron Chef Creepy: The Hearty Boys

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      1. re: ooroger

        LOL! Especially Iron Chef Creepy.

        Not only are they creepy, they prepare bad catering food.

        1. re: Bostonbob3

          <Not only are they creepy, they prepare bad catering food>

          Have YOU eaten their food? I have, and it was delicious. I don't watch their show, but when they were on TNFNS, I didn't think there was anything creepy about them.

        2. re: ooroger

          i actually did laugh out loud just now and spit out my moroccan chickpea soup.

          1. re: lollya

            I propose a Deen Boys versus The Hearty Boys battle.

            I wouldn't actually watch it, but it would make for a train wreck of annoying personalities.

            1. re: Bostonbob3

              Do you think that's what they had in mind with the RR vs Giada?

              1. re: heathermb

                Or, as I called it, the Teeth versus the Lollypop Head.

        3. Funny! Sandra Lee would drink herself into oblivion with her aquamarine coctails if the secret ingredient wasn't vanilla pudding.

          1. Iron Chef Local - Alice Waters
            Iron Chef Global - Jean Georges Vongerichten
            Iron Chef West - Thomas Keller
            Iron Chef East - Mario Batali

            - because I'd like to regularly see their cooking style.

            Battles I wouldn't mind seeing:

            Waters vs Boulud
            Vongerichten vs Nobu
            Keller vs Ducasse
            Batali vs Fergus Henderson

            1. Alice Waters v. Wylie Dufresne doing Battle Egg or Potato would be fun to watch and judge.