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Iron chef america: flay/giada vs mario/rachael

Has anyone seen this episode yet? I don't get to watch the Food Network often because my DH hates it, but he went to bed early one night and I caught this episode. For those who haven't seen it, I will not tell you who won, but I will say that I have never seen Rachael Ray work so hard. She was really sweating in there! No giggling, silly jokes, or talking to her food! The secret ingredient was cranberries. It was very interesting, at least to me.

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  1. it's actually a repeat from 2006...you might want to search the board for threads from when it initially aired - i'm pretty sure i recall a discussion or two about it.

    1. I wonder if the recipe for Mario's cranberry dessert, the one that made the judges swoon, was ever published...as of a few months ago it wasn't.

      I would love to make it.

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      1. re: TrishUntrapped

        i just did a search for it...no luck, but there are a lot of posts on the Web by other people who are also trying to find it!

        come to think of it, i'm very surprised no one at TVFN has found a way to put out an ICA cookbook series.

        1. re: ccbweb

          I had a feeling it was a repeat because Mario's belly was hanging really low, but when I looked on the FN website it didn't say it was so I wasn't sure. That sure explains why they are showing it over and over and over! I read through the thread and agree with all the comments about how poorly Giada reacted when criticized. She came across as a Princess type, which I never noticed before. Well, as I said, I don't get to watch this channel much, so forgive me for being behind the times!

          1. re: danhole

            Something happened with our DVR and I never saw the judging portion of the program. Would have loved to see Giada over-reacting to the criticism. I like her generally, especially the Behind the Bash shows, but she has the poor-little-rich-girl aura, doesn't she? I had to laugh when she jumped up and down when her water was slow to boil -- like a preteen who wasn't getting her way.

            Like other posters, I was impressed with how businesslike RR was. Maybe she was a little intimidated in the presence of Batali.

            1. re: lscanlon

              Just check the website - they are showing it over and over. I saw it again yesterday afternoon, or should I say it was on and then I turned it off!

              I don't think RR is intimidated by Batali, but I do think she felt like she was out of her element, not being a chef, just a "cooker" as she puts it.

              1. re: danhole

                I doubt she was intimidated by Batali, since she's actually his neighbor.

                She probably was worried about looking like a hack on TV tho.

        2. Rachael Ray broke a sweat because she put so much effort into complaining. Regardless of Giada acting nasty when criticized, she actualy put effort into the dishes presented. All Rachael Ray did was stir a custard and complain about how she hates baking. That battle was a joke. This was a case of Mario beating Bobby, not Rachael beating Giada. If you put those two in there with no help from the big guys, Giada would have won easily.

          1. Omg it was so not a real battle. It was like Flay vs. Batali and everyone knows that in such a situation Batali will win. Giada and RR are both really slow, like for half the time Giada was making the ravioli

            And for the whole show I just saw RR uh...stirring milk...

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            1. re: AngelSanctuary

              My DH and I were hysterical -- everytime the camera cut to Giada she was doing the ravioli. I've never seen a ravioli take so long -- and she used pre-made pasta sheets. Anne Burrell would have had those suckers knocked in a nanosecond -- and with freshly made dough!

              1. re: AngelSanctuary

                My impression exactly! I think the ladies were there for eye appeal. (A friend of mine once observed that Giada is the primary reason men watch FN. I just wonder if she ~eats~ anything she cooks - doesn't look like it.)

                I had a good time watching Batali and his belly beat the crap out of Flay. The women were merely distractions, might as well have been scrubbing the sinks in Kitchen Stadium. I won't elaborate, especially about RR, since we've been asked not to bash the chefs...