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Nov 11, 2007 06:20 PM

Next Iron Chef Finale [Spoiler inside]

Well there you have it; the next Iron Chef is Michael Symon.
I was rooting for Chef Besh from the get go, but after watching each week, felt either one would do a great job. Thought the last minute dessert really was going to secure the coronation for Besh, but I think what tipped the scales to Symon was his interactive personality. Looking forward to his commentary while cooking in future competitions.
Only disappointment was that we didn't get to see as much of the food preparation as a regular episode of IC--had to save minutes for the two panels of judges.

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  1. I just wish they had shown how everyone voted. I was a little disappointed in that. Overall I think either would have been a great fit, but like you, had been rooting for Besh.

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    1. re: coasterphil

      In The Cleveland Plain Dealer they are reporting all chefs and Ruhlman voted for Symon, leaving Donetella and Andrew supporting Besh

      1. re: lyn

        love love love that they gave the chefs the vote, especially hearing THAT split

    2. YAY!!!

      I would LOVE to try Besh's cooking one day, but I was strongly rooting for Symon since I've had his food so may times and loved it each time. Also, I really like his personality..

      I wish they showed who voted how, too. And I am surprised at what the Plain Dealer is reporting... it sounded like Morimoto, Flay, and Andrew (he's the guy with long hair, right?) were all siding with Symon, it sounded like Cora was going to vote for Besh, and it seemed like Donatella and Rhulman were up in the air. But, assuming the Plain Dealer is right, that just shows the power of editing...

      1. I didn't see Mario Batali on the judging panel. Is he really gone?

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        1. re: septocaine_queen

          I hope not, but that's been the rumor. If he leaves the show, I will have very little motivation to watch any more.

          1. re: septocaine_queen

            Batali has publicly stated several times that he is not leaving Iron Chef America. My guess is that he simply was unable to participate in this filming, and they really only needed three iron chefs to balance the other three judges.

            1. re: Morton the Mousse

              He may have "stated" that, but the word on the street in New York is that he is gone from the Food Network, and that means ICA as well. The new Iron Chef is replacing him.

              I think Symon will be great in that mix, but I, too, was a Besh supporter.

              1. re: ChefJune

                man, i'm going to miss mario. he was one of the very few remaining reasons to watch TVFN.

                1. re: ChefJune

                  He's on Fine Living regularly, and FL is owned by FN, so how far gone is that? Word on the street is not infalible, but I have a sinking feeling he may have left ICA. But then ICA seems to be a sinking ship... They're advertising a "special" ICA with Paula Deen and Cat Cora as "southern girls" meeting a couple of the lesser male cooks on FN... If anyone is a great fan of the guys, sorry I can't remember their names. Anyway, FN has turned into a jumble of pie contests, barbecue contests, and half baked cooking shows...

                  Gee, am I crabby or what? :-)

                  1. re: Caroline1

                    the guys are tyler florence, whom i happen to adore...and robert irvine, the british guy on that show "dinner impossible" [or as tony bourdain calls it, "dinner slightly difficult"]. the man's built like a tank [again, bourdain has a more colorful way of describing chef irvine - i believe his exact words were "overmuscled f*ckwit]. anyway, the first time i saw him i had to wonder how he maneuvers around the kitchen without knocking crap over all the time!

                    i'd love to watch it for tyler florence, but i think an hour of seeing paula molest cat cora [and the butter-laden abominations they're sure to create if ms. deen has anything to say about it] would make me want to stab myself in the eye with a fork.

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      No no no! Don't do that! How would you watch the upcoming special where Ms Deen has a butter-induced heart attack on camera live?

                      1. re: Caroline1


                        i certainly wish ms. deen no physical harm...and i don't think TVFN would air it if that unfotunate event occurred...mostly because the censors/standards & practices people wouldn't approve when her sons came running out of the audience to administer mouth-to-mouth.

                      2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        I once ate tyler's food off one of his healthy episodes and a scale of 1 to 10 it was not good.

                        1. re: tpigeon

                          tyler's not really known for his "healthy" food.

                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                            I ate at Cafeteria when Tyler worked there and the food was entirely unmemorable. He's been gone for years and the place hasn't missed a beat.

              2. I found the finale pretty anti-climactic because i was pretty confident that Symon would win. I was sure about this partly because of the Toronto paper's leak, and partly because of what we'd been shown of the judging. I don't have anything against Symon, and I think he'll probably do a good job, but my basic feeling is that I don't care.

                1. Interesting episode. Was a bit disappointed with swordfish as the ingredient, as it is not one I favor, but it gave a lot of room for creativity. With that, somewhat surprised there were so many overlapping dishes between the two contestants. FAR too much fluff with all of the introductions and repeated histories -- is there anyone here who cares about who helped inspire the designs of the new chef's jackets to be premiered sometime next season? I must admit I got caught up in the battle, but so much of Iron Chef is hucksterism ("The Chairman"? give me a break) and I think they do themselves a disservice by not revealing and televising the plating that takes place after the clock runs out.

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                  1. re: nosh

                    funny, Symon's plating as he went (a very practical move) kinda blew the illusion you get on regular ICA that they finish and plate within the 60 minutes, instead of getting one representative plate done during the 60 minutes that is not the one that anyone eats.

                    I bet they make him change that for tv drama during regular season play . . . .

                    1. re: pitu

                      All of that is done in the editing. We (the viewers) have no way of knowing whether that is the norm for all ICs, or if it was a one time only thing. Editing can accomplish anything, including making all of the plating *APPEAR* to be done at the end of the hour.

                      1. re: Caroline1

                        since this was a show even more edited than usual (time collapse)
                        they could have done that if it's the practice, but they didn't
                        actually, it would lead to too many continuity issues so
                        I *think* they more or less stick to the chronology of events