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Feb 26, 2009 03:29 PM

Manresa on Iron Chef March 15

This surfaced elsewhere online. Restaurant confirmed the date and that the episode was filmed months ago, but will first air March 15th on the Food Network.

I have not yet seen it on the upcoming-shows calendar of the Iron Chef America Web site, but the schedule does not show that far ahead. So you may want to confirm the schedule there a little closer to the 15th.

Manresa Restaurant
320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030

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  1. Indeed. Bobby Flay vs. David Kinch.

      1. Even though Kinch won, he was robbed. He should have gotten 58-60 points for such elegant and beautiful dishes. Plus, he used almost no proteins, using the secret ingredient (cabbage, no less!!) in creative and delicious ways in five outstanding dishes.

        Bravo to Chef Kinch.

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        1. re: Paul H

          I agree that he did a striking job of using almost no protein. I did wonder if the farro and meat juice was a smooth cover for a botched piece of meat? Impressive either way. He rocked it.

          I also thought he picked an easy Iron Chef to beat, given Kinch's style and talent. Would have been harder to beat Morimoto, for instance on plating and perhaps originality.

          1. re: Breego

            I don't think you "get" to pick your Iron Chef opponent.

            1. re: Paul H

              Really, Flay's meal seemed a little too familiar to this Valley boy; Kinch's, on the other fork, appeared amazing. He handed Bobby his you-know-what, under glass no less.

              Why I love this show so irrationally is beyond me.


              1. re: Paul H

                I was under the impression that the challenger does get to choose

                1. re: Paul H

                  Yes, the challenger does pick their Iron Chef opponent. I thought this was a great show. I've never heard of Kinch before, but I sure want to eat at his place now. I agree with whoever said what a great job he did of using the secret ingredient as the main item. Flay's food looked pretty average next to his beautiful dishes.

                  1. re: sibeats

                    I was very happy for Chef Kinch. I had one of the best meals of my life at Manresa last summer. I spent nearly 6 hours there and got to meet him while touring the kitchen. I'm not often on the west coast but I wouldn't hesitate to go there again if I'm in the SF bay area.

                    I was a little worried that the judges might have appreciated more protein but he truly honored the secret ingredient.

                2. re: Breego

                  Re: Morimoto, that would have been a fairer fight. If the theme ingredient had also been a meat, that might have been a fair fight.

                  Chef Kinch's list of advantages was endless. Not one but two seasoned sous chefs, and all three accustomed to putting out hundreds of dishes every night in a small kitchen. Flay is talented, but he's not a cook.

                  Even though the outcome was never in doubt, this was fun to watch. I was really impressed how Chef Kinch's cuisine was unaltered; even the order of dishes was the same as it would have been in the restaurant. It was almost a surprise when there were no pepper/olive and strawberry/chocolate petits fours.

                  1. re: wnissen

                    Looking through this old threads, notice Kinch wouldn't seat Morimoto at Manresa.