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Iron Chef America: Morimoto vs. Cantu

Xericx Jan 22, 2007 08:53 AM

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....

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/show_...

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  1. Justpaula Jan 22, 2007 05:09 PM

    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. julietg Jan 22, 2007 07:51 PM

      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
        JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Jan 22, 2007 10:10 PM

        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
          julietg Jan 22, 2007 10:40 PM

          Yeah, but I expected him to react thusly

          "Four point laser? Cool!"

          not

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

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        ML8000 Jan 22, 2007 09:48 PM

        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.

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          jeanki Jan 23, 2007 12:15 PM

          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
            julietg Jan 23, 2007 08:32 PM

            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. Robert Lauriston Jan 23, 2007 10:47 PM

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

            1. Robert Lauriston Jan 26, 2007 07:31 AM

              A comic pretty clearly inspired by this show:

              http://achewood.com/index.php?date=01...

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                NYprof Jan 26, 2007 07:48 AM

                I want to have dinner at Moto! I saw Cantu discussing food and design at a lecture in NYC last fall, and the way he thinks about the dining experience is unique and wonderful. He was also very clear that he never forgets that the food has to taste really, really good. I think he inspired Morimoto to new heights. This is probably my favorite ICA ever!

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                1. re: NYprof
                  jpschust Jan 27, 2007 05:39 AM

                  Moto is truly an experience. I've yet to hit WD-50, Fat Duck or El Bulli, though WD-50 and Fat Duck are coming up for me in the next year. Moto was amazing, Minibar was meh.

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