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?
Funny! Sandra Lee would drink herself into oblivion with her aquamarine coctails if the secret ingredient wasn't vanilla pudding.
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
In Roto League fantasy mode, I'll go right to the match ups:
Battle High & Low - Keller vs Flay
Battle Old School vs Hip & Lip - Pepin vs Bourdain
Battle Showmen - Yan vs Emeril
Battle Food Nerds - Alton Brown vs Chris Kimball
Flay might do better then you think, Keller might not like the environment/set-up...everyone would love to see Flay destroyed
Bourdain would have a a difficult time "getting it up" against someone he respects...talker vs. non-talker
Yan and Emeril, similar: hams of a different flavor, it would be weird but both can cook
Brown vs Kimball...just because you could
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Bonus Tag Team Grudge Matches
Keller & Kimball vs Flay & Brown
Yan & Bourdain vs Emeril & Pepin
I'd watch these match ups---
Iron Chef Mamas: Mary Ann Esposito vs. Lidia Bastianich
Iron Chef Lab Experiments: Harold McGee vs. Shirley Coriher
Iron Chef Pie Fight: Three Stooges vs. Soupy Sales
Iron Chef Chocolates: David Lebovitz vs. Jacques Torres
Iron Chef Food Critics: Virbila vs. Levine
Iron Chef McSteamy: Curtis Stone vs. Tyler Florence
(hey, it's my fantasy!)
Iron Chef In The Sky: Careme vs. Escoffier