Iron Chef America - Battle: Corn
* Warning: If you haven't seen it yet, then this is a spoiler, and why are you reading this thread in the first place in that case, and etc.etc. etc. *
Wow. I'm shocked how badly Marcus Samuelsson did in the contest. Though you could tell early on when Alton kept saying "He's using a lot of protein there with his maize" he may as well have been saying "Marcus, your losing the main ingredient; pull back now."
Alton must have said it a good five times. Still Samuelsson could always yanked a but on the protein reigns during plating -- but he didn't. One of the largest disparity in taste votes I've seen in a long time. Ouch. Really thought that battle would have been closer.
Oh, and natch, WTG, Bobby Flay! He gets more impressive each battle.
Props to Marcus for the crushed corn flakes and props to Bobby for the waffle and the bourbon surprise. I am disappointed though that no one thought to make pop corn.
what surprised me was the lack of variety in what they were given to work with. no bi-color? no heirloom corn? i couldn't believe all they got was some standard yellow sweet corn & a little huitlacoche.
that said, i too wished someone had made popcorn...and cornbread. bobby does it as a complement to other dishes in so many challenges, and it always draws raves - i was sure he'd make it the one time it could be the star of the plate.
looking forward to finally seeing another battle with iron chef symon next week.
I was VERY surprised he didn't make cornbread. As you said, he has done it so well as a compliment to his other dishes. Maybe it was for that reason - he's done it before and he wanted to be more original.
My six year old was the one who was first to express disapointment for the lack of popcorn - the rest of us hadn't even thought of it.
I'm curious about huitlacoche - what does it taste like?
It seemed like Marcus knew pretty well what he was going to make ahead of time, regardless of the secret ingredient...and then just tried to haphazardly integrate it into his dishes. The corn was hardly featured at all. Corn tea broth?? Surprising and disappointing...