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