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Mar 21, 2009 07:22 AM

"Reverse Throwdown" -- Name the Challenge

I was inspired by sku, who wrote, "I have a recurring daydream that Bobby [Flay] is filming one of his shows, showing people how to make chili rellenos or some such thing, when Rick Bayless marches on the set and challenges him to a throwdown."

Now, I thought, THAT is a great idea!

Lidia Bastianich vs. Mario Batali on lamb ragu?
John Besh vs. John Folse on gumbo?
Michel Richard vs. Jacques Pepin on cassoulet?
Martin Yan vs. Ming Tsai on Chinese dumplings?
Marcella Hazan vs. Giada deLaurentis on anything actually Italian?
Tyler Florence vs. [uh, I'll take this Throwdown, folks]
Mary Ann Esposito vs. Nick Stellino, on...who cares? it'd be hilarious!
Isaac Mizrahi vs. Sandra Lee...well, on so many things....?*

What "reverse throwdowns" do you think would show us the cooks' real mettle, and on what particular item? Maybe you can throw in some humor with your chow-ish "deliciousness" concepts. Let's see *your" Reverse Throwdown Challenges list.


* "Honey, you have *some nerve* calling that a 'tablescape'! Oh, Snap!"

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  1. Martha Stewart vs. Sandra Lee on tablescapes. <falling down laughing>

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    1. re: mcsheridan

      mcsheridan, great minds.....
      as you were typing your entry, i was editing mine to add the "quotation" in the footnote.

    2. Tony Bourdain vs. Rachael Ray: 30-Minute Iguana - soup and sammies!

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      1. Andrew Zimmern vs Bourdain, on a dessert island, with miscellaneous animal parts, as yet unidentified.

        Paula Deen Vs Guy Fieri. Lard, butter, and bacon.

        Diana Kennedy and Rick Bayless on anything Mexican. Real Mexican.

        Nigella Lawson Vs. who cares.....

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        1. re: Phaedrus

          I'd pit Nigella Lawson against the obvious contender - Ina Garten. The battle? Fabulous Friends and Environs for Under a Million with seemingly no effort. It would of course be a tie so they'd have to go to the Soft Focus Stare Off with copious amounts of Champagne swilling to try and throw them off their game.

          1. re: MplsM ary

            Nigella Lawson vs. me in battle whipped cream :-P (sorry i couldn't help that one!)

            1. re: Herm

              Well, I was thinking the same thing, just didn't put it down.

              1. re: MplsM ary

                Ina Garten vs James Beard. Battle of the Beards?

                I apologize.

              2. re: Phaedrus

                P you inspired me, I went to the library today and I checked out, Diana Kennedy and Rick Bayless. Just to do a little sidebyside comparison of cooking styles, processes and recipes.

                1. re: chef chicklet

                  I attended a cooking demo by Diana not too long ago. Someone asked her what she thought of Rick's cooking. She said something like, "we are completely different and I don't want to get into this comparison junk".

                2. re: Phaedrus

                  A dessert island, really? *Imagines.*

                  Nigella Lawson vs. her interior voice.

                  1. re: Cinnamon

                    on dessert island, tattoo points and exclaims, "boss! boss! here comes the new cargo of petits fours! boss! can i please go meet da plane?!?!"

                  2. re: Phaedrus

                    Oooooh- Kennedy vs Bayless. i'd pay cash money to be a judge there.

                  3. Great idea! I would love to see Lidia and Mario!
                    Not to be bratty at all, I would love to see these shows.

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                    1. re: chef chicklet

                      Lidia and Mario!!! I can tell you right now who would be the winner......US

                      1. re: margshep

                        just imagine how he'd cuss up a storm, then!
                        or get "real mad" with joe bastianich, and cry into his case of vino. ;-).

                            1. re: alkapal

                              I agree, I am too big of a whimp to say it first though!

                              1. re: chef chicklet

                                no, you're just more diplomatic -- something of which i'm rarely accused. ;-).

                    2. Mario vs. Marco Pierre White... oh, I dunno, let's say, Beurre Blanc

                      Andrew Knowlton vs. Michael Ruhlman on any piece of food writing - no dictionaries and mandatory hair nets

                      Jeffrey Steingarten vs. absolutely anybody... doesn't matter, Jeffrey wins

                      Alton Brown vs. Morimoto - Kalbi, and Alton can 't have his staff look it up

                      Alton vs. Harold McGee - a food science and lore quiz, and Alton can't have his staff look it up

                      Bittman vs.... oh never mind - he's already done that with everybody - lost them all, and didn't care!

                      Gwyneth Paltrow vs. Claudia Bassols - celebrity death match... common guys, they OWE us... there needs to be some entertainment, somewhere from these people...

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                      1. re: applehome

                        >>Gwyneth Paltrow vs. Claudia Bassols - celebrity death match... common guys, they OWE us... there needs to be some entertainment, somewhere from these people...<<

                        You set up the jello pit and I'll bring the beer.

                        How about Shirley Corriher Vs Harold McGee?

                        Marco Pierre White Vs. Gordon Ramsey!! The winner gets the reservation book for good.

                        1. re: Phaedrus

                          Paltrow did compete against Bassols in 'battle almond' at the end of the Spanish roadtrip. I think Paltrow made some sort of almond ice cream. I don't recall what Bassols made - I think she spent most of the time flirting with the Spanish chef on her team. Mario gave up trying to keep score and declared the battle a tie.

                          In original Iron Chef tradition, both of them would be too qualified to be on the commentary panel or to judge. However they'd make an interesting pair of judges in a ICA 'battle ham', one who won't eat anything that had 4 legs, the other raised on serrano ham.

                        2. re: applehome

                          "Andrew Knowlton vs. Michael Ruhlman on any piece of food writing - no dictionaries and mandatory hair nets": Or, AK vs. MR on eye-rolling techniques, or how to stab in back whilst drawing least amount of blood, or...

                          Am I the only one who thinks they are not kidding each other? If so, whose side are you on?