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Mar 2, 2009 07:58 AM

ICA, 3/1/09 Battle Redfish

i have to say, I found last night's episode (Cora vs. Lalou) rather boring.

The secret ingredient was redfish, which I love but it's just not as versatile as some other secret ingredients I've seen recently. There was no chance of any desserts, for example. i didn't expect either chef to, for example, whip out the Bass-o-Matic '76 and make a redfish milkshake.

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  1. I agree...I'm usually drooling over the dishes and nothing really looked that appealing. I was surprised that Lalou won by such a large margin.

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    1. re: sibeats

      "I was surprised that Lalou won by such a large margin."

      Must have been taste. Maybe I'll have to eat at Aziza now.

      1. re: Paul H

        I'm pretty sure most of his winning margin was from taste. Cora's food must have been pretty bad because the judges didn't seemed that bowled over by the flavor of Lalou's.

        There was definitely some overcooked redfish served up last night.

        1. re: Paul H

          I'm pretty sure it was across the board. Maybe 4 points for taste and 2 for each of the other categories?

          1. re: Paul H

            You should definitely eat at Aziza next time you are in SF. It's fantastic. I'm not surprised he did so well on taste. His style of cooking has very bold flavors.

            5800 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94121

        2. I didn't think it was boring at all, and Lahlou received avery high score from the judges, and won by awide margin.- Aziza is probably my favorite rest. in SF.

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          1. re: karenfinan

            Do chefs choose Cat Cora because they want to win? Has she ever won? It seems like every time she's on, she loses.

            1. re: roxlet

              She has a 56.5% win percentage. See the Wikipedia Iron Chef America article.

              1. re: Paul H

                That's more than I would have thought. How does it compare to the others, though? I will take a look at the Wikipedia page.

                1. re: roxlet

                  Surprise: she's got a better win percentage than Morimoto!

                  Symon: 83.3% (7-1-1)
                  Batali: 82.6% (19-4-0)
                  Flay: 65.7% (22-11-2)
                  Cora: 56.5% (13-10-0)
                  Morimoto: 50% (9-9-1)

                  i agree with karenfinan, i actually enjoyed watching it. and i definitely would have been more interested in tasting Lalou's dishes.

                  on another note, it was nice to see Ed Levine and Trevor Corson as judges again. i'm tired of the lightweight celebs they've been using lately.

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    Morimoto keeps trying to put fish places it doesn't belong!! ;)

                    I thought both contestants made appealing dishes, but this is an instance where not being able to taste it is the key, I suppose.

              2. re: roxlet

                Cat wins MOST battle's she's in.
                If she'd have offered the Redfish "Blackend," (THE most awsome Redfish dish.)
                She'd have won hands down.
                Was disappointed that neither offerd this.