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What secret ingredient would you like to see on Iron Chef America?

Personally, the sadistic side of me would like to see Spam as the secret ingredient.

Have one big table full of canned Spam when the secret ingredient is revealed by the Chairman.

A close runner-up I'd like to see is durian. 5 courses of durian. Yowza.

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  1. Offal. Was hoping they would do it when Cosentino competed, but instead they gave him garlic (yawn).

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    1. re: Morton the Mousse

      Hey you guys at Iron Chef, do you look at this site?
      herbs provinciale interests me. They would be a good secret ingredient.
      Then continue with spice and herb combinations from around the world.
      Just imagine India, North Africa, Central America

    2. American cheese. I remember the episode of Top Chef Season 2 where they had to make something with these five ingredients including American cheese. It seemed that all the chefs were OK with the other ingredients but couldn't really figure out what to do with the cheese.

      Battle Durian would be fun to watch. I generally only see plain durian, durian ice cream and durian shakes. it would be interesting to see how else it could be incorporated. I once had a durian chocolate souffle cake that I found pretty revolting.

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      1. re: Miss Needle

        I agree about Durian fruit, I'd love to see that. Especially with that female judge who leans in and snorts the food before tasting it. Get a whiff of this, lady.

        As for American cheese, I'm turned off from the idea ever since witnessing (with disgust) Paula Deen rolling up her Chocklit Cheeze Bawls (with velveeta...yech) during the episode when she was teamed with Cat Cora.

        I personally would like to see Anchovies as the secret ingredient. And if they've done that already....someone let me know!

        1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

          Hilarious. You mean the plus-size woman?

          Jeffrey would pronounce Durian "inedible", or "not really food", and for once he'd be right.

          I bet the Japanese lady would pronounce every Durian dish "greasy" or "oily".
          It's always "a little greasy" or "too oily" for her. Creepy. But riveting.

        2. re: Miss Needle

          american cheese freaks out chefs because it's already too perfect to make better.

          1. re: beelzebozo

            Yeah....that *must* be it. :^)

            Same deal for spam.

            Oh, and vienna sausages too LOL

          1. Tea. Sometimes used as a traditional ingredient, but also allows room for creativity.

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            1. Thought the following might prove to lend themselves to some interesting dishes:

              Mangosteen
              Vanilla
              Passionfruit
              They could be used in both main course and dessert presentations... Oh the possibilities.!