HOME > Chowhound > Food Media & News >
What have you made lately?
TELL US

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

ipsedixit May 5, 2008 03:13 PM

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.

  1. f
    FlameLover May 17, 2013 08:47 PM

    jellybeans,cereal(sugary),soda

    1. Kagemusha Oct 8, 2011 02:51 PM

      Natto!!!

      Stinky bean curd!!!

      3 Replies
      1. re: Kagemusha
        paulj Oct 8, 2011 03:07 PM

        I first learned about natto from an Iron Chef Japan overtime battle.

        Who do you nominate as judges for the bean curd? Besides yourself? :)

        1. re: paulj
          m
          Michelle Oct 8, 2011 03:20 PM

          It's a bit of a joke, but we've always said they should do Battle Water!

          1. re: paulj
            Phaedrus May 18, 2013 05:45 PM

            Oooh, ooh me! Me! I love stinky bean curd.

        2. Pzz Oct 8, 2011 02:25 PM

          Vegemite - like to see them make that palatable (apologies to any Australians present).

          1. zuklaak Jun 18, 2011 04:38 PM

            Battle package food, nothing fresh.

            1. b
              brightside16 Jun 18, 2011 08:17 AM

              Instant Mashed Potatoes! Can't you just hear Alton describing the differences in brands?

              1. t
                therealdoctorlew Jun 14, 2011 02:50 PM

                Monosodium glutamate

                1. s
                  screaminghot May 24, 2011 04:25 PM

                  Bones and bone marrow

                  1. zuklaak May 23, 2011 06:51 AM

                    For a themed show, how about Battle Milk and Cookies! Have different milks and flours. Oven space would be limited, so they'd have to find others ways to cook them.

                    1 Reply
                    1. re: zuklaak
                      s
                      screaminghot May 24, 2011 04:25 PM

                      This is a cute one!

                    2. huiray May 18, 2011 06:01 PM

                      Winter melon. [not (sweet) melon, which has been done before] (done on ICJ)
                      Bitter gourd.
                      Belacan.
                      Fu yee [wet (preserved) bean curd in salted rice wine], with and without chili.
                      Abalone. (done on ICJ)
                      Pig intestines. (chitterlings)
                      Mam ca (Vietnamese) or nahm pla raa (Thai).
                      Cockles (as opposed to other types of clams).

                      1. t
                        therealdoctorlew May 16, 2011 12:01 PM

                        Lutefisk

                        1 Reply
                        1. re: therealdoctorlew
                          paulj May 16, 2011 12:26 PM

                          but who would be the right challenger and iron chef for that? Mr Bizarre Foods v. guest Iron Chef Marcus Samuelson??

                        2. josquared May 10, 2011 12:08 PM

                          Random three:
                          Popcorn
                          Granola
                          Pomegranates

                          Or how about things commonly thought of as pairings

                          Peanut Butter & Jelly
                          Ketchup & Mustard

                          1 Reply
                          1. re: josquared
                            paulj May 10, 2011 01:47 PM

                            Dinner Impossible had a mixed-up pairings episode, tied to a 'Divorce Court' celebration. For example jelly was paired with red beans
                            http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/robert-irvine/red-beans-and-jelly-bbq-sauce-recipe/index.html
                            http://www.foodnetwork.com/dinner-imp...

                          2. mljones99 May 5, 2011 08:55 AM

                            Battle Water

                            1 Reply
                            1. re: mljones99
                              s
                              screaminghot May 24, 2011 04:26 PM

                              lol

                            2. c
                              cookies223 May 4, 2011 05:43 PM

                              slugs
                              breast milk

                              1 Reply
                              1. re: cookies223
                                sgordon May 5, 2011 07:45 AM

                                They've done slugs. Technically, a slug is a snail.

                              2. al b. darned Apr 30, 2011 07:32 PM

                                Left-overs A single chicken breast, a half a bowl vegetable soup, three cooked Brussels sprouts, etc. To make it more interesting, all ingredients would be in translucent or solid Tupperware bowls. The IC and challenger wouldn't know what they had until they got them to their kitchens and opened them. Unlike the current scenario, where they are given three possibilities ahead of time so they can pre-plan, this would truly be thinking on their feet.

                                11 Replies
                                1. re: al b. darned
                                  a
                                  AMFM Apr 30, 2011 08:17 PM

                                  lol. although that's kinda "chopped".

                                  1. re: AMFM
                                    alliegator May 2, 2011 10:31 AM

                                    I would love to see some shockingly mundane stuff in these showa just for kicks. Like battle tilapia filet, or Chopped with the most surprising baskets of all time: chicken breast, carrots, potatoes, butter, etc... just to see how creative people an be.

                                    1. re: alliegator
                                      goodhealthgourmet May 2, 2011 10:55 AM

                                      actually, ICA did Battle Tilapia back in '05. competitors were Mario Batali & Wylie Dufresne.

                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                        alliegator May 10, 2011 11:33 AM

                                        That's so funny, because it was just on last evening!! Kind of interesting. I was flipping throught the channels--so lucky I caught it.

                                      2. re: alliegator
                                        paulj May 2, 2011 05:43 PM

                                        The current season had radish, bell pepper and mozzarella. Previous had oatmeal, cauliflower and lemons. Those are pretty mundane, aren't they? Except when you are expected to make 5 outstanding dishes highlighting the ingredient.

                                    2. re: al b. darned
                                      junescook May 1, 2011 08:35 AM

                                      Sorta piggy-backing on that idea: rotisserie chicken.

                                      1. re: al b. darned
                                        Phaedrus May 1, 2011 05:50 PM

                                        Kind of like Doorknock Dinners in Kitchen Stadium.

                                        1. re: Phaedrus
                                          goodhealthgourmet May 1, 2011 08:10 PM

                                          oh please no. i can just imagine the stupid door-knock scripts i'm SURE the chefs would be required to act out at the beginning of each battle - like the Chariman's ridiculous [witless] banter with each competitor...but *so* much worse.

                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                            Phaedrus May 2, 2011 05:42 AM

                                            Now that we've put the fear of God back on this thread....

                                            1. re: Phaedrus
                                              goodhealthgourmet May 2, 2011 08:54 AM

                                              ha! sorry about that :)

                                        2. re: al b. darned
                                          s
                                          screaminghot May 24, 2011 04:27 PM

                                          This I would watch!

                                        3. j
                                          jamieeats Apr 23, 2011 03:01 PM

                                          i'd like to see a cinnamon challenge. and tomato might be interesting too.

                                          3 Replies
                                          1. re: jamieeats
                                            goodhealthgourmet Apr 23, 2011 05:42 PM

                                            Bobby Flay won Battle Tomato a few years ago against Martin Rios, a chef from Santa Fe, NM.

                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                              j
                                              jamieeats Apr 24, 2011 07:19 AM

                                              i'll have to try and find that episode online, i'd love to see it!

                                              1. re: jamieeats
                                                goodhealthgourmet Apr 24, 2011 03:55 PM

                                                http://www.google.com/search?q=iron+c...

                                                enjoy!

                                          2. t
                                            therealdoctorlew Apr 23, 2011 02:17 PM

                                            Soylent Green

                                            1 Reply
                                            1. re: therealdoctorlew
                                              s
                                              sommrluv May 3, 2011 10:50 AM

                                              LOLLOLO!!!!

                                            2. m
                                              mattlear Apr 23, 2011 12:49 PM

                                              Scrapple

                                              1 Reply
                                              1. re: mattlear
                                                Pzz Oct 8, 2011 02:20 PM

                                                Excellent suggestion - and you know somebody's probably going to try adding in truffles or wasabi with it somehow.

                                              2. Glam Foodie Apr 23, 2011 12:46 PM

                                                Ingredients:

                                                Vodka
                                                Mustard
                                                Rainbow Chard
                                                Cinnamon
                                                Cashews
                                                Srirarcha sauce
                                                Cereal - just because I want to see someone do something spectacular with Fruit Loops

                                                Themes:

                                                Romance
                                                Ballpark food
                                                At The Movies (because you could interpret this so many ways, to either cinema snacks or food revolving around different films of the chefs' choosing)
                                                Wedding

                                                6 Replies
                                                1. re: Glam Foodie
                                                  junescook Apr 23, 2011 12:53 PM

                                                  Wow, GF. your theme food ideas are really creative. They would make great shows.

                                                  Just no more fish, please.

                                                  1. re: junescook
                                                    Glam Foodie Apr 23, 2011 01:03 PM

                                                    Aw, thanks junescook! And yes, I agree; I like fish and seafood, but it limits the chefs a bit.

                                                  2. re: Glam Foodie
                                                    paulj Apr 23, 2011 01:12 PM

                                                    I believe fruit loops appeared on chopped.

                                                    1. re: paulj
                                                      goodhealthgourmet Apr 23, 2011 01:26 PM

                                                      technically they were generic "fruit rings," but yes, they did - in the second All-Stars episode. though i'd imagine that with weeks to think about it, an hour to prepare the dishes, and no restrictions or requirements on other ingredients they *have* to use, the competitors on Iron Chef could come up with something better than just using them to crust a venison chop :)

                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                        ipsedixit Apr 23, 2011 01:29 PM

                                                        Chopped never uses brand name items.

                                                        Wonder why.

                                                        1. re: ipsedixit
                                                          goodhealthgourmet Apr 23, 2011 05:41 PM

                                                          neither does ICA - they always blur out labels or slap the show's logo over them. and i remember reading years ago that Rachael Ray has a designer who mocks up packaging for all the products she uses...yet i've seen other hosts like Giada, Bobby & Ina using Trader Joe's products, Fage yogurt, Nielsen-Massey vanilla, and some other clearly recognizable products with no label modification...so it's obviously not a network policy. strange.

                                                  3. goodhealthgourmet Apr 22, 2011 08:30 PM

                                                    ingredients i'd like to see that i *know* haven't been done:
                                                    - cardamom
                                                    - cinnamon
                                                    - seaweed/sea vegetables
                                                    - pasta
                                                    - hazelnuts
                                                    - pistachios
                                                    - mussels
                                                    - saffron

                                                    and nothing would make me happier than a completely *gluten-free* battle!

                                                    7 Replies
                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                      ipsedixit Apr 22, 2011 08:32 PM

                                                      Or how about "Battle Gluten"?

                                                      1. re: ipsedixit
                                                        goodhealthgourmet Apr 22, 2011 08:52 PM

                                                        *every* battle seems like Battle Gluten to me...most of the time i wouldn't be able to eat at least half of the dishes.

                                                      2. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                        p
                                                        piccola Apr 24, 2011 05:46 PM

                                                        I was just going to suggest sea vegetables. Just between dulse, arame, wakame, hijiki, agar-agar, etc, they'd have plenty to work with.

                                                        Others I'd like to see:

                                                        -turnip
                                                        -horseradish
                                                        -kiwi
                                                        -tofu (not soy, that's too easy)
                                                        -molasses

                                                        1. re: piccola
                                                          goodhealthgourmet Apr 24, 2011 06:03 PM

                                                          ooh, molasses and horseradish are good ones!

                                                          tofu's been done (surprise, surprise, Morimoto was the IC for that one).

                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                            p
                                                            piccola Apr 24, 2011 07:16 PM

                                                            I haven't seen the tofu one! Now I need to look for it.

                                                            1. re: piccola
                                                              goodhealthgourmet Apr 24, 2011 07:35 PM

                                                              http://www.google.com/search?q=iron+c...

                                                              ;)

                                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                                p
                                                                piccola Apr 25, 2011 03:52 AM

                                                                Thanks!

                                                      3. Phaedrus Apr 22, 2011 05:33 PM

                                                        Remember the YouTube video of the pink caulk like substance they call the chicken McNugget before they got coated and fried? How about that?

                                                        1 Reply
                                                        1. re: Phaedrus
                                                          alkapal May 1, 2011 08:46 AM

                                                          the paste with the pulverized bones and all? mechanically separated chicken?
                                                          euuwww.

                                                        2. paulj Apr 22, 2011 01:50 PM

                                                          Anyone have the time to list all the suggestions that have been actually used in the past 2-3 years? I think maple syrup has been used. Also battle offal. I think there was an eggplant (or am I remembering an ICJapan episode). No one mentioned radish.

                                                          3 Replies
                                                          1. re: paulj
                                                            ipsedixit Apr 22, 2011 08:04 PM

                                                            At your service.

                                                            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_...

                                                            1. re: ipsedixit
                                                              Glam Foodie Apr 23, 2011 12:22 PM

                                                              Thanks for the link. I'm surprised that several ingredients and themes, like coconut, chocolate, turkey, and Thanksgiving have been repeated. I guess there's nothing wrong with revisiting certain items, but it would be fun to see a brand new ingredient per episode.

                                                              1. re: ipsedixit
                                                                Phaedrus Apr 23, 2011 05:20 PM

                                                                How about okra and/or collard greens?

                                                            2. junescook Apr 22, 2011 08:46 AM

                                                              Pork with pineapple.

                                                              1. Jadore Apr 22, 2011 01:00 AM

                                                                Junk food, like an entire table with canisters of Pringles, packets of Chips Ahoy cookies, and packages of Little Debbie snack cakes. I'd love to see what the Iron Chefs could do with stuff like that.

                                                                Vanilla

                                                                Chipotle

                                                                Avocado (so I can see some gourmet guacamole, at least!)

                                                                Soda

                                                                Plain yogurt

                                                                WINE!

                                                                Mushrooms - morels, truffles, oyster, shitake, chanterelles, portobello, etc

                                                                Tabasco sauce

                                                                Lentils

                                                                Lamb

                                                                6 Replies
                                                                1. re: Jadore
                                                                  goodhealthgourmet Apr 22, 2011 08:21 PM

                                                                  avocado, lentils, mushrooms, lamb & yogurt have actually all been done, and chipotles were part of Battle Chiles.

                                                                  vanilla could be interesting...though i don't know how much the dishes would appeal to me since i'm not a fan of it in savory things.

                                                                  complete list/history of all ICA battles if you're interested:
                                                                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_...

                                                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                                    Jadore Apr 23, 2011 09:11 AM

                                                                    Whoa, how'd I miss all those? Thanks, ghg!

                                                                    1. re: Jadore
                                                                      goodhealthgourmet Apr 23, 2011 10:46 AM

                                                                      unless you're an insomniac like me who stumbles across the reruns late at night, i'm not surprised you missed them ;)

                                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                                        j
                                                                        jlafler Apr 23, 2011 10:59 AM

                                                                        I watched a lot of Iron Chef when I was breastfeeding my daughter.

                                                                        1. re: jlafler
                                                                          goodhealthgourmet Apr 23, 2011 05:43 PM

                                                                          well, i'm single & childless so i can't use that excuse!

                                                                  2. re: Jadore
                                                                    paulj Apr 23, 2011 09:59 AM

                                                                    bubbly wine has been an ingredient.

                                                                  3. Pzz Oct 12, 2010 10:41 AM

                                                                    Those scary little canned Vienna Sausages with the provision that they must be served intact and undamaged. Not only are they really low-brow and weird (sort of like bologna-flavored baby food extruded into cylinders) but watching the chefs try to get them out intact would be a riot.

                                                                    2 Replies
                                                                    1. re: Pzz
                                                                      alkapal May 1, 2011 08:43 AM

                                                                      hey, don't diss vienna sausages like that! they were pre-interstate take-along food for my parents on summer vacations

                                                                      1. re: alkapal
                                                                        Pzz Oct 8, 2011 02:16 PM

                                                                        You must understand one thing about me - when I say "low-brow and weird" it's a compliment. I've eaten the dammed things and am willing to readily admit it. And I'll do it again. FYI, they sell the living hell out of them at my local Costco here in snooty, high-brow San Luis Obispo, CA.

                                                                    2. a
                                                                      AngelSanctuary Feb 7, 2010 10:26 AM

                                                                      I'm so with you with durian, I will like to be a judge for that episode!

                                                                      1. misnatalie May 27, 2009 11:35 AM

                                                                        marshmallow peeps

                                                                        1. c
                                                                          Cinnamon May 24, 2009 02:18 PM

                                                                          What about where the ingredient they must use is cadaverine, or, some mass of an ingredient that's unidentifiable, whose origin is only revealed to the chefs at the end. Or, they must make their dishes with 'love'?

                                                                          1 Reply
                                                                          1. re: Cinnamon
                                                                            d
                                                                            downtownfoodie Feb 8, 2010 12:51 PM

                                                                            Moderators, please please please delete Cinnamon's last suggestion...it's too close to Valentine's day and I would hate to have to stop watching the show because they finally completed the American bastardization of the much better Japanese version by following the vomit-inducing suggestion of making all the dishes with LOVE, lol

                                                                          2. k
                                                                            karaiko May 24, 2009 09:29 AM

                                                                            well in the episodes i saw i might consider if the show would use foods from asia mainly Philippine foods:
                                                                            1. the purple yams ("UBE")
                                                                            2. Durian Fruit
                                                                            3. Banana heart
                                                                            4. dare i say it....BABY FOOD lol
                                                                            5. Aloe Vera...don't know if its edible but what the heck!
                                                                            6. "LAING"
                                                                            7 "Sileng Labuyo"
                                                                            so far that's what i would choose but give me a few more hours before i can think of anything else
                                                                            OOOOOOOoooooooo Philippine "TUYO" would be nice too maybe even "Bagoong" think of it 5 courses with aromas like that!

                                                                            5 Replies
                                                                            1. re: karaiko
                                                                              Sam Fujisaka May 24, 2009 10:25 AM

                                                                              Gusto ko ang paksiw ng musang o sawa (vinegar and garlic cooked civit cat or snake). Mas masarap ang tinapa kaysa ang tuyo (the dried fish is much better than the salted).

                                                                              Welcome to chowhound

                                                                              1. re: karaiko
                                                                                alkapal May 24, 2009 04:10 PM

                                                                                aloe vera is a funny choice, because, it's a natural "laxative," and therefore the chef who presented first would win by default. no judge would make it to the second chef's dishes.

                                                                                1. re: alkapal
                                                                                  Phaedrus May 24, 2009 04:42 PM

                                                                                  I LIKE it.

                                                                                  Lets have Katrine Bakoum, Katie Lee Joel, and Akiko Katayama as judges.

                                                                                  1. re: Phaedrus
                                                                                    alkapal May 24, 2009 04:48 PM

                                                                                    now THAT's a creative concept, right there! see who could last the longest..... before an anguished look of maximum gastrointestinal discomfort marred their otherwise lovely faces, and they sprinted off set, clutching their bowels before they exploded.

                                                                                    1. re: Phaedrus
                                                                                      KenWritez May 25, 2009 01:08 AM

                                                                                      Akiko: "It's too oi--AIEEEE! GET OUT OF MY WAY!"

                                                                                2. n
                                                                                  nemis Apr 14, 2009 12:51 PM

                                                                                  Pork Belly!!
                                                                                  David Chang Vs Symon

                                                                                  1. Fritter Apr 14, 2009 10:05 AM

                                                                                    Luffa.

                                                                                    1. e
                                                                                      Evilbanana11 Apr 14, 2009 05:37 AM

                                                                                      Battle human.

                                                                                      1 Reply
                                                                                      1. re: Evilbanana11
                                                                                        billieboy Apr 14, 2009 06:10 AM

                                                                                        It's been done already

                                                                                        http://www.dangerouslogic.com/battlel...

                                                                                      2. g
                                                                                        grant.cook Apr 13, 2009 07:44 PM

                                                                                        Two ways to play it.. rocky mountain oysters, or bones..

                                                                                        1. sgordon Apr 13, 2009 05:48 AM

                                                                                          Laetiporus Sulphureus

                                                                                          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laetiporus

                                                                                           
                                                                                          1. o
                                                                                            overresearched Jun 5, 2008 08:17 AM

                                                                                            Hot Dogs
                                                                                            Coca-Cola
                                                                                            Ritz Crackers
                                                                                            Fritos

                                                                                            1. l
                                                                                              LabRat May 22, 2008 12:45 PM

                                                                                              How bout..

                                                                                              Battle Canned Food!

                                                                                              No fresh ingredients allowed, the alternate title could be "A glimpse at LabRat's childhood"!

                                                                                              2 Replies
                                                                                              1. re: LabRat
                                                                                                starlady May 23, 2008 11:27 AM

                                                                                                Battle Pickles!!!

                                                                                                I'd be interested to see battle cucumber.

                                                                                                1. re: starlady
                                                                                                  u
                                                                                                  uptown jimmy May 23, 2008 02:00 PM

                                                                                                  That's a nice idea.

                                                                                                  I also liked the eggplant idea. Challenging, but potentially delicious, and with established approaches from many parts of the world.

                                                                                              2. KenWritez May 22, 2008 09:16 AM

                                                                                                Battle Velveeta!
                                                                                                Not Morimoto as the IC, tho--that'd be too cruel.

                                                                                                Battle M&Ms!

                                                                                                Battle Coldcuts? As long as they promise *not* to fire up the ice cream maker....

                                                                                                Exotic stuff is okay, but I want to see some battles featuring ingredients I have or can get at my local grocery store or farmers' market.

                                                                                                Ooooh, Battle Tri-tip! Man, I'd pay to see that one!

                                                                                                8 Replies
                                                                                                1. re: KenWritez
                                                                                                  Firegoat May 22, 2008 09:25 AM

                                                                                                  Battle hot dogs?

                                                                                                  1. re: Firegoat
                                                                                                    KenWritez May 22, 2008 12:20 PM

                                                                                                    I believe ICA is ready for this new horizon in secret foods. Anyone can make outstanding dishes with $800 per lb toro tuna or exotic fungi, but real creativity lies in elevating the humble to the sublime, just as a great composer oes with a simple country melody when he transforms it into the backbone of an entire symphonic piece.

                                                                                                    Yes! The sun will shine brightly on the ICA studios once again as the doors are flung open and the fusty air of exclusivity dissipates in the warm, scented breezes of commonality!

                                                                                                    1. re: KenWritez
                                                                                                      Phaedrus May 22, 2008 12:35 PM

                                                                                                      Jerry Seinfeld replaces Alton as the emcee,

                                                                                                      "The secret ingredient is.......NOTHING!"

                                                                                                      1. re: Phaedrus
                                                                                                        ipsedixit May 22, 2008 01:26 PM

                                                                                                        ROTFLMAO

                                                                                                    2. re: Firegoat
                                                                                                      alkapal Jun 5, 2008 05:34 AM

                                                                                                      you missed rachel ray's battle "hot dog" with judge gordon ramsay? too funny (in a sick way)! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uBNE7...

                                                                                                      1. re: alkapal
                                                                                                        Firegoat Jun 5, 2008 08:03 AM

                                                                                                        lol, no I didn't miss it. I was horribly disgusted by it.... that inspired my post :)

                                                                                                        1. re: alkapal
                                                                                                          KenWritez Jun 5, 2008 12:52 PM

                                                                                                          I turned it off after a minute. It was horrible. Just freakin' horrible.

                                                                                                      2. re: KenWritez
                                                                                                        s
                                                                                                        screaminghot May 24, 2011 04:29 PM

                                                                                                        YES!

                                                                                                      3. y
                                                                                                        yankeefan May 22, 2008 08:46 AM

                                                                                                        up for getting thread going again when watching a recent episode.

                                                                                                        how about eggplant? thats a food that really stretches across cuisines and I personally would like a little Alton description of the different types.

                                                                                                        1. e
                                                                                                          emerilcantcook May 10, 2008 08:48 PM

                                                                                                          I am thinking about canned tuna, if it is not done already so. Whomever turns up that ice cream machine and makes a "edible" sorbet should win in this case...Katrina Markoff (the Vosges lady) should be the judge, in case someone comes up something like a candied tuna white chocolate black pepper creation.

                                                                                                          I know it is suggested above, but marmite might be interesting and tough...

                                                                                                          Did they do kimchi?

                                                                                                          On a prettier note (again suggested above), edible flowers such as rose petals and violets could work well both for savory and sweet (think rose petal quail from Like Water for Chocolate). In any case, the sorbet will unquestionably better than canned tuna one :P

                                                                                                          1. h
                                                                                                            Heyteacher May 10, 2008 07:55 PM

                                                                                                            Avocado or tofu!

                                                                                                            1 Reply
                                                                                                            1. re: Heyteacher
                                                                                                              chicgail May 11, 2008 06:31 AM

                                                                                                              Tofu is a good idea, but maybe broaden it to include other soy products such as edemame, miso, soy milk, fermented bean curd. An obvious choice to compete would be IC Morimoto, but it might be fun to see Bobby Flay in the hotseat.

                                                                                                              They'd never do it, but I love to fantasize about processed cheese -- American cheese slices, Velveeta, CheezWhiz, etc. Sorry my evil side coming out.

                                                                                                            2. m
                                                                                                              mack184 May 7, 2008 05:28 AM

                                                                                                              After all these choices, I think I'd like to see the secret ingredient be...
                                                                                                              Jeffrey Steingarten

                                                                                                              11 Replies
                                                                                                              1. re: mack184
                                                                                                                Phaedrus May 7, 2008 05:57 AM

                                                                                                                OOooh, cannibalism. I like it!

                                                                                                                1. re: Phaedrus
                                                                                                                  b
                                                                                                                  Bob Loblaw May 22, 2008 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                  I dunno... i just got a strange (and otherwise unrelated) email about eating placenta. but perhaps this post has crossed that 'line'.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Phaedrus
                                                                                                                    t
                                                                                                                    therealdoctorlew May 16, 2011 11:51 AM

                                                                                                                    Aha!
                                                                                                                    "The other white meat!"
                                                                                                                    It would be a real challange, as I hear that unless handled carefully, Steingarten can be tough.

                                                                                                                  2. re: mack184
                                                                                                                    alkapal May 7, 2008 05:58 AM

                                                                                                                    "i think this dish is a little too fatty...."

                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal
                                                                                                                      b
                                                                                                                      Blueicus May 7, 2008 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                      Hahaha, brilliant idea. And serve a side of Katayama (Ms. Too Oily) and all the judges can go "This dish is too lean".

                                                                                                                      1. re: Blueicus
                                                                                                                        u
                                                                                                                        uptown jimmy May 7, 2008 10:37 AM

                                                                                                                        Hilarious.

                                                                                                                        "Is a little too greasy."

                                                                                                                        "Is so oily."

                                                                                                                        1. re: uptown jimmy
                                                                                                                          y
                                                                                                                          YoDuh May 8, 2008 01:08 AM

                                                                                                                          Alton: "Welcome back to Battle Long Pork Judges.
                                                                                                                          It looks like the challenger is breaking out the
                                                                                                                          dreaded ice cream machine though it seems
                                                                                                                          he needs a bigger door for his Jeffreeze to work.
                                                                                                                          Even if he can manage the stuffing, it may not be edible.
                                                                                                                          Meanwhile chef Morimoto is sniffing the thin slices
                                                                                                                          of his traditional Katayama confit. No doubt a homage
                                                                                                                          to his early lean years of serving judges."

                                                                                                                          All seriousness aside, it would be very entertaining if one
                                                                                                                          episode had the "judges" cook and the real IC's were the
                                                                                                                          real judges. "Welcome back to Battle Dihydrogen Monoxide".

                                                                                                                          Bad YoDuh! Sit!

                                                                                                                          1. re: YoDuh
                                                                                                                            alkapal May 8, 2008 04:26 AM

                                                                                                                            me no want "jeffreeze".

                                                                                                                            1. re: alkapal
                                                                                                                              KenWritez May 22, 2008 09:10 AM

                                                                                                                              Can I get bacon with my Jeffreeze?

                                                                                                                              1. re: KenWritez
                                                                                                                                u
                                                                                                                                uptown jimmy May 22, 2008 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                                Bacon is too oily. Is a little greasy.

                                                                                                                                1. re: uptown jimmy
                                                                                                                                  KenWritez May 22, 2008 12:12 PM

                                                                                                                                  "I feel this Jeffricasee has so much going on on the plate. The Karin tartare looked wonderful with the edible flowers, but was too greasy and didn't relate to the Jeffrey at all. The sparkler distracted me and my Joel McHale was sour and overcooked. The Jeffricasee's crispy coating stood up well, though, and it was perfectly seasoned, even if a little too oily."

                                                                                                                  3. JiyoHappy May 6, 2008 11:59 PM

                                                                                                                    I'd like to see Okra on IC

                                                                                                                    1. Richard 16 May 6, 2008 11:20 PM

                                                                                                                      How about a theme like ice cream?

                                                                                                                      Plantains
                                                                                                                      Edible flowers
                                                                                                                      Buckwheat
                                                                                                                      Mirin
                                                                                                                      Orange concentrate
                                                                                                                      Have they done pomegranates?
                                                                                                                      Vanilla
                                                                                                                      Sardines? (They did a small fish but I don't remember what...)
                                                                                                                      Tongues
                                                                                                                      Cucumbers

                                                                                                                      1 Reply
                                                                                                                      1. re: Richard 16
                                                                                                                        alkapal May 7, 2008 03:03 AM

                                                                                                                        just used orange juice concentrate with teriyaki country style pork ribs. a little goes a long way, shall i say.....

                                                                                                                      2. m
                                                                                                                        moh May 6, 2008 08:49 PM

                                                                                                                        I always like to see the live seafood battles. I am imagining a live large catfish battle, you know, the ones that are really big <5 feet? they'd have to grab them by the mouth and pull them out of the tank.

                                                                                                                        Also: Huitlacoche!

                                                                                                                        Have they already done Coca-cola?

                                                                                                                        Chitlins...

                                                                                                                        3 Replies
                                                                                                                        1. re: moh
                                                                                                                          alkapal May 7, 2008 03:01 AM

                                                                                                                          uh, moh? this huitlacoche? http://www.thesneeze.com/mt-archives/...

                                                                                                                          1. re: alkapal
                                                                                                                            m
                                                                                                                            moh May 7, 2008 06:00 AM

                                                                                                                            Dang, Alkapal, that is a hilarious link! I particularly like his reworking of the Goya brand can of Huitlacoche...

                                                                                                                            I must say, I have never seen it naked out of a can like that... Pretty scary... Which would in my eyes make it a perfect Iron Chef America secret ingredient! Part of what made the original Iron Chef so much fun was the wild and wacky ingredients. Natto battle remains my favorite to this day. (Not that it makes me want to eat Natto in any way, I'm still a little scared to try it. That being said, I have tentatively planned a date to try my first natto soonish).

                                                                                                                            1. re: alkapal
                                                                                                                              c
                                                                                                                              calliope_nh May 1, 2011 09:19 PM

                                                                                                                              Wow, just read that link. Alas it can not now be unseen.

                                                                                                                          2. rumgum May 6, 2008 06:05 PM

                                                                                                                            Battle FUGU! But that would just be mean.

                                                                                                                            8 Replies
                                                                                                                            1. re: rumgum
                                                                                                                              b
                                                                                                                              beteez May 6, 2008 06:32 PM

                                                                                                                              From the graduate Battle Kimodo Dragon.

                                                                                                                              1. re: beteez
                                                                                                                                j
                                                                                                                                jhopp217 May 6, 2008 09:19 PM

                                                                                                                                You mean the Freshman, right?

                                                                                                                                1. re: jhopp217
                                                                                                                                  b
                                                                                                                                  beteez May 6, 2008 09:53 PM

                                                                                                                                  correct

                                                                                                                              2. re: rumgum
                                                                                                                                Phaedrus May 6, 2008 06:49 PM

                                                                                                                                I just read that some guy has developed a non-poisonous Fugu, so they can cheat now.

                                                                                                                                1. re: Phaedrus
                                                                                                                                  Sam Fujisaka May 6, 2008 07:07 PM

                                                                                                                                  Not some guy, but a research program that feeds fugu food that doesn't create the toxin. Resisted by the Japanese fugu economic mafia that wants to maintain the macho bullshit high risk and even higher cost thrill. The delicacy of realy fugu liver is now accessable.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                                                                                                                    Veggo May 6, 2008 07:19 PM

                                                                                                                                    Baked trigger fish livers could make a freight train take a dirt road. For my initiation in Cozumel as an "hermano" I was required to eat a dozen of them, with my 13 brothers laughing uncontrollably. Said to be healthy and has connections with mayan virility. Incredibly oily and pungent.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                                                                                                                      Phaedrus May 6, 2008 07:32 PM

                                                                                                                                      There you go, directly from Sam the Man.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                                                                                                                        Morton the Mousse May 7, 2008 12:00 AM

                                                                                                                                        I wonder if a divergence from the fugu's natural diet will have any impact on the flavor of the liver.

                                                                                                                                  2. misnatalie May 6, 2008 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                                    Mint, unless they have already done it.
                                                                                                                                    Acai Berry

                                                                                                                                    Then a few hard ones like marmite or scrapple or velveeta.

                                                                                                                                    1. j
                                                                                                                                      jhopp217 May 6, 2008 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                                      I would like to see something for different taste buds
                                                                                                                                      Sweet - Maple Syrup
                                                                                                                                      Bitter - Beer
                                                                                                                                      Salty - fleur de sel
                                                                                                                                      Sour - Lemon (maybe sounds boring, but I love lemon flavored everything)

                                                                                                                                      1. dave_c May 6, 2008 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                                        Battle Rocky Mountain Oyster

                                                                                                                                        4 Replies
                                                                                                                                        1. re: dave_c
                                                                                                                                          Phaedrus May 6, 2008 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                          LOL. Nice!!

                                                                                                                                          I can just picture the secret ingredient table piled high with all kinds of animal genitalia as the chefs race up to grab at them: small ones, big ones, heavy ones, etc. Some of the chefs will usually start off tasting the raw ingredients as they bring the secret ingredient to their work area to ascertain freshness, I doubt that will happen in this challenge.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Phaedrus
                                                                                                                                            b
                                                                                                                                            Blueicus May 6, 2008 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                                            I'd pay good money to watch "Battle Pizzle"

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Blueicus
                                                                                                                                              dave_c May 6, 2008 03:49 PM

                                                                                                                                              Okay... I looked up the word Pizzle.
                                                                                                                                              Now I realize the Bully Sticks I've been giving my dogs are pizzle! All this time I thought they were just beef tendons.

                                                                                                                                              Learn something new everyday!

                                                                                                                                              Another battle that would be interesting is Battle Chicken/Duck Feet. Maybe kind of boring compared to all the other recommendations. lol :-D

                                                                                                                                          2. re: dave_c
                                                                                                                                            JiyoHappy May 7, 2008 12:22 AM

                                                                                                                                            Battle Rocky mountain oysters, with chefs Paula Deen and Cat Cora. The chairman asking the chefs (with a straight face) to come up with succulent variations ...and then asking the chefs (with a straight face) to explain their strategies ...Alton Brown describing the cooking techniques and how they affect the secret ingredient....

                                                                                                                                          3. n
                                                                                                                                            newhavener07 May 6, 2008 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                                            Scrapple, velveeta and Uncle Ben's rice. Wait, Top Chef's already done that challenge!

                                                                                                                                            1. j
                                                                                                                                              jlafler May 6, 2008 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                                              In the vein of stinky, sticky theme ingredients, what about gorgonzola?

                                                                                                                                              1. m
                                                                                                                                                miss_bennet May 6, 2008 09:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                I'd like to see leftovers as the secret ingredient.

                                                                                                                                                You know, when you have one lonely piece of BBQ chicken, a bowl of soup, some cooked rice and spaghetti in the fridge. Iron Chef Flay: what do you do? My family callls it "tastefully presenting for a second time."

                                                                                                                                                Perhaps more realistically, I'd love to see vanilla.

                                                                                                                                                5 Replies
                                                                                                                                                1. re: miss_bennet
                                                                                                                                                  chef chicklet May 6, 2008 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                  LeftoversI like that! Great Idea!
                                                                                                                                                  I'd like to think I'm the queen of gourmet garbage!

                                                                                                                                                  I'm wishing they'd do chilis - dried and fresh. See them make sauces, tamales, rellenos, soups and all. If they've done it, DARN I missed it!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: chef chicklet
                                                                                                                                                    Phaedrus May 6, 2008 12:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                    How about just Habanero's. The judges would be screaming uncle while running to the bathroom as judging ends.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Phaedrus
                                                                                                                                                      chef chicklet May 6, 2008 01:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                      LOL! ya know I've been pretty quiet about how annoying some of those judges are. I don't like hate them just find them on the pretenious side and sort of silly so I think you're idea would be perfect for, Karine, Andrew and the lady that thinks everything is "oily". oh yeah and the food blogger, seems not much was good to her. Of course I watch just to get annoyed.

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: miss_bennet
                                                                                                                                                    jmckee Apr 14, 2009 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Sounds like the kitchen challenge on The Splendid Table. I like the idea.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: miss_bennet
                                                                                                                                                      j
                                                                                                                                                      jujuthomas May 27, 2009 07:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                      One of the guys who helped out on my grandfather's farm when I was a kid called it "mustgo". LOL.

                                                                                                                                                    2. alkapal May 6, 2008 07:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                      stone ground grits! hah! deal with THAT!

                                                                                                                                                      1. y
                                                                                                                                                        yankeefan May 6, 2008 07:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Terrific question!

                                                                                                                                                        Im dying to see them use and cook with/pair with beer and give them some good craft beers (not the macro garbage) hey, they did coffee, why not BEER? that would be awesome.

                                                                                                                                                        others Id like:
                                                                                                                                                        squid/octopus
                                                                                                                                                        tempeh
                                                                                                                                                        habanero
                                                                                                                                                        oh yeah, Beer

                                                                                                                                                        good suggestions here: Id like to also see vanilla and yams

                                                                                                                                                        4 Replies
                                                                                                                                                        1. re: yankeefan
                                                                                                                                                          b
                                                                                                                                                          Blueicus May 6, 2008 02:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                          The Morimoto/Donna rematch featured squid. Also, there was a chile pepper battle between Love and Morimoto.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Blueicus
                                                                                                                                                            r
                                                                                                                                                            Ralphie_in_Boston May 7, 2008 08:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                            yeah and I thought the chili pepper battle was hugely unfair to morimoto. Alton in his narration said that only one type of pepper grows in Japan, so Morimoto had to taste them all to see which ones were hotter. I think he bit into a habanero, ouch.

                                                                                                                                                            Then they pair him up against a chef with a cowboy hat---gee I wonder if that guy has cooked with chili peppers before?

                                                                                                                                                            Also unfair was the battle with Mario batali.....and the ingredient was fennel! His opponent didn't stand a chance, LOL

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston
                                                                                                                                                              j
                                                                                                                                                              jlafler May 7, 2008 08:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Oddly enough, on the Japanese Iron Chef, the chef working with an unfamiliar ingredient often won, probably because it forced him to become creative and gave him a sympathy edge with the judges.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston
                                                                                                                                                                c
                                                                                                                                                                CucumberBoy May 27, 2009 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                >>only one type of pepper grows in Japan, so Morimoto had to taste them all<<

                                                                                                                                                                It looked to me like Morimoto-san ate the tip of a good old jalapeno; I could be wrong.

                                                                                                                                                                However, there was no mistaking his discomfort mere seconds after chewing the pepper in question; he gasped, removed the offending item from his Iron Mouth(tm) then started to reach for a bottle of water before coughing a total Looney Tunes-style fire-cough. You could literally see the vapor coming from his gaping mouth while his eyes watered tears of the Buddah.

                                                                                                                                                                Always the consummate professional, Morimoto-san had the wherewithal to turn his head away from the food while he coughed..

                                                                                                                                                                Seriously, the cough was so exaggerated as to be funny in that Jerry Lewis way, although I felt bad for the guy because 1) he's my favorite IC, and 2) it looked like it hurt.

                                                                                                                                                                -cb-

                                                                                                                                                          2. beelzebozo May 6, 2008 06:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                            have they done a peanut butter challenge?

                                                                                                                                                            1 Reply
                                                                                                                                                            1. re: beelzebozo
                                                                                                                                                              b
                                                                                                                                                              Blueicus May 6, 2008 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                              There was a peanut battle with Lynn Crawford vs. Flay. It included peanut butter.

                                                                                                                                                            2. y
                                                                                                                                                              YoDuh May 6, 2008 03:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Live mammal!

                                                                                                                                                              Flay chasing a cow, Batali after a chicken, ... :-)

                                                                                                                                                              Bad YoDuh! Sit!

                                                                                                                                                              Locavore: Def. "Crazy about eating"

                                                                                                                                                              2 Replies
                                                                                                                                                              1. re: YoDuh
                                                                                                                                                                s
                                                                                                                                                                sommrluv May 6, 2008 05:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                LOL!

                                                                                                                                                                Or an electric eel.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: YoDuh
                                                                                                                                                                  j
                                                                                                                                                                  jlafler May 6, 2008 10:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Yeah, they get their seafood alive sometimes, why not a chicken?

                                                                                                                                                                2. j
                                                                                                                                                                  jlafler May 5, 2008 10:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Ooh, have they ever done yams? Real yams, not sweet potatoes: the kind that grow to be the size of baseball bats.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. Phaedrus May 5, 2008 08:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    OK
                                                                                                                                                                    Something smelly:
                                                                                                                                                                    Smelly tofu.

                                                                                                                                                                    Something bland
                                                                                                                                                                    iceberg lettuce

                                                                                                                                                                    Something artificial
                                                                                                                                                                    Cheez whiz

                                                                                                                                                                    Something weird
                                                                                                                                                                    Mad Dog 20/20.

                                                                                                                                                                    2 Replies
                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Phaedrus
                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal May 6, 2008 07:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      oooooohhhh, MD 20/20! nectar of the winos.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Phaedrus
                                                                                                                                                                        jmckee Apr 14, 2009 10:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        That sounds like the wedding rule, "Something borrowed, something blue..." in hell.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. l
                                                                                                                                                                        Leper May 5, 2008 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Tripe. I love Menudo, but most Americans won't go near Tripe which is eaten worldwide. (The Italians have some really great recipes.) And, in response, I would love to see the judge's faces as each dish is presented to them...

                                                                                                                                                                        8 Replies
                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Leper
                                                                                                                                                                          rumgum May 5, 2008 06:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          oooo, that's a good one. I love tripe.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Leper
                                                                                                                                                                            m
                                                                                                                                                                            Minger May 6, 2008 01:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            I'm so glad Karine Bakhoum is gone so I don't have to see the narrow biases on her face.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Minger
                                                                                                                                                                              Phaedrus May 6, 2008 04:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              I can't stand her, how is she gone?

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Minger
                                                                                                                                                                                rumgum May 6, 2008 06:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Didn't she just judge Battle Tomato? Or was that an old episode?

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: rumgum
                                                                                                                                                                                  m
                                                                                                                                                                                  Minger May 6, 2008 02:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I saw Battle Goat w/ Jose Andres without Karine and thought she was gone. But then I realized it was a rerun.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Minger
                                                                                                                                                                                  jmckee Apr 14, 2009 10:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  A favorite exchange:

                                                                                                                                                                                  Karine: "You like it because it's FRIED Jeffrey."
                                                                                                                                                                                  Steingarten: "You like it because it's FOOD, Karine."

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jmckee
                                                                                                                                                                                    a
                                                                                                                                                                                    AMFM Apr 14, 2009 11:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jmckee
                                                                                                                                                                                      Phaedrus May 24, 2009 02:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      C'est magnifique!

                                                                                                                                                                                3. c
                                                                                                                                                                                  cook52 May 5, 2008 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  all these recomendations should be used when Andrew Zimmerman, the guy from Bizzare Foods is the challenger chef

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Sam Fujisaka May 5, 2008 04:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. A set of (at least 6) Indian, Ethiopian, or Middle Eastern spices
                                                                                                                                                                                    2. The head of a cow, pig, or goat
                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Squirrel
                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Sun dried pig fat
                                                                                                                                                                                    5. Chicken feet
                                                                                                                                                                                    6. Pig's blood
                                                                                                                                                                                    7. Cheap roe from something like carp
                                                                                                                                                                                    8. Andean amaranth
                                                                                                                                                                                    9. Amazonian camu camu

                                                                                                                                                                                    8 Replies
                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                                                                                                                                                                      Father Kitchen May 5, 2008 04:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Sam you are a man of both substance and style. Me, I'd like to see termites.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                                                                                                                                                                        ipsedixit May 5, 2008 05:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Can you imagine big vats of pig blood being unveiled by the chairman?

                                                                                                                                                                                        How utterly delicious ...

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ipsedixit
                                                                                                                                                                                          Sam Fujisaka May 5, 2008 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Thank you. I don't mean to sound like a pompous jackass; but these are things that I think I can manage and sometimes wonder how others do.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                                                                                                                                                                            scoopG May 6, 2008 03:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Great list Sam! Perhaps, along that same vein....

                                                                                                                                                                                            Burweed
                                                                                                                                                                                            Rat Plum (or Buckthorn Fruit)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Preserved Eggs
                                                                                                                                                                                            Jellyfish

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: scoopG
                                                                                                                                                                                              j
                                                                                                                                                                                              jlafler May 6, 2008 10:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              On the original Iron Chef they did natto once. Morimoto used Coke in one of his dishes, shocking the audience and presenters.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jlafler
                                                                                                                                                                                                Phaedrus May 6, 2008 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Yeah, that whole battle looked nasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Phaedrus
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bob W Apr 14, 2009 09:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I once read a great quote from one of the regular judges on the original IC about how the secret ingredient can be hit or miss for the judges: "Sometimes you get homard lobsters, and sometimes you get natto."

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                                                                                                                                                                          m
                                                                                                                                                                                          melly May 7, 2008 11:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Sam..or rattlesnake!

                                                                                                                                                                                        3. scoopG May 5, 2008 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Hard to top Durian, Tea, American Cheese, Anchovies or Spam, but perhaps.....

                                                                                                                                                                                          Raisins or
                                                                                                                                                                                          Wheat Thin Crackers or
                                                                                                                                                                                          Jello?

                                                                                                                                                                                          There's always room for Jello!

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. j
                                                                                                                                                                                            joeyz May 5, 2008 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Spam would actually be more palatable to me than the Cranberry ingredient they used for the Giadia/Rachel Ray Battle. If Morimoto was the IC I'm sure he could do some good Okinawa-inspired dishes.

                                                                                                                                                                                            3 Replies
                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: joeyz
                                                                                                                                                                                              s
                                                                                                                                                                                              sommrluv May 5, 2008 03:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Have they done Coffee?

                                                                                                                                                                                              It seems familiar enough to me that they might have....that's my first thought...I'd like to dwell on it. LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                              Iron Chef is like my guilty food network pleasure.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: sommrluv
                                                                                                                                                                                                ipsedixit May 5, 2008 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                I believe coffee bean was the ingredient on a recent episode with Cora.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ipsedixit
                                                                                                                                                                                                  s
                                                                                                                                                                                                  sibeats May 6, 2008 04:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yup, it was coffee in the Cora v. Ken Oringer battle...and it was my favorite battle ever!

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. e
                                                                                                                                                                                              easily amused May 5, 2008 03:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              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.!

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. limster May 5, 2008 03:31 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                1 Reply
                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: limster
                                                                                                                                                                                                  m
                                                                                                                                                                                                  melly May 7, 2008 11:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  They have used tea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. a
                                                                                                                                                                                                  aelph May 5, 2008 03:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  asafoetida plant

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Miss Needle May 5, 2008 03:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    4 Replies
                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Miss Needle
                                                                                                                                                                                                      r
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ralphie_in_Boston May 5, 2008 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                                                                                                        u
                                                                                                                                                                                                        uptown jimmy May 6, 2008 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        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
                                                                                                                                                                                                        beelzebozo May 6, 2008 07:20 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: beelzebozo
                                                                                                                                                                                                          r
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ralphie_in_Boston May 6, 2008 01:02 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Same deal for spam.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh, and vienna sausages too LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Morton the Mousse May 5, 2008 03:18 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1 Reply
                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Morton the Mousse
                                                                                                                                                                                                          n
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Norcal2050 Feb 6, 2010 06:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          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

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Show Hidden Posts