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Jan 22, 2007 08:53 AM

Iron Chef America: Morimoto vs. Cantu

Saw this tonight (yeah yeah, another repeat...missed the first time)...probably one of the more interesting battles, in which Morimoto goes against Homaru Cantu, who is one of those molecular gastronomist types that brings laser printers and lasers into the food!

Very interesting battle which actually had Morimoto bust out the liquid nitrogen! Cantu busted out the Immersion Circulator....Marcel would be so proud!

It airs a few times this week, quite interesting that Cantu pulls off some favorable taste points despite the gadgetery....

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  1. I have an admitted bias against molecular gastronomy, etc., which is what made this challenge most interesting to watch - and when I say interesting, I really mean interesting. But, I was happy to see Morimoto step up and do a few post-modern, newfangled things of his own. I also detected a lack of respect from Alton on the whole Cantu gig, which surprised me, being the food science geek he is (and I love him!).

    What dissapointed me in the judging, is that Cantu seemed to fail at putting the beet first and foremost (or even there at all), and I always thought that was supposed to be one of the main ingredients in this competition.

    1. Have to agree- most interesting one in quite some time. I usually don't like Morimoto episodes.

      Although I was a bit confused as to why Alton was complaining about the science content- I thought he was more of a geek (and I mean that in a nice way).

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      1. re: julietg

        I think he was less complaining about it than he was just astounded. I know I was watching most of the episode slack-jawed.

        1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

          Yeah, but I expected him to react thusly

          "Four point laser? Cool!"


          "Four point laser? You're insane, man!"

      2. I caught the judging which sent mixed signals in my opinion given the main ingredient. At least this one was close, adventrous, a good match and both chefs seemed to come from a similar philosophy reference, although obviously different.

        I've never gotten through a complete ICA but this one reminded me more of the original, i.e., a respect for the food/opponent, less bluster/jawing, i.e., no fratboy/wrestling TV attitude.

        1. I was surprised that Morimoto scored higher in originality, because I thought above all else Cantu's stuff was off the charts original. But I agree, it wasn't like he emphasized the beets all that much. Definitely one of the more fun battles to watch.

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          1. re: jeanki

            You know, I wish they would list the scores per judge, per dish somewhere. It would be great to see how one ice cream did against another, etc. It would also be nice to see the real effect of the "Hollywood Square" judge, too.

          2. Startling that Morimoto had the edge on originality points, and Cantu on flavor. I expected Cantu to get 14 or 15 for originality.