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ICA - Symon et al vs. Culinary Students - Battle Balsamic (spoiler)

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cmvan Sep 28, 2009 08:22 AM

This show was a pleasant switch from the normal format, and it seemed like the students did better than some "professional" contestants (in spite of the final point spread). It was also refreshing to see how Symon reacted to their efforts.

Obviously, this particular show was set up as a nod to the culinary program at the Art Institutes being a show sponsor, but it was still an interesting twist on the norm.

And anyone know how Karine Bakhoum lost so much weight? She looked so thin, I hardly recognized her!

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    miztrezzz Dec 7, 2010 02:37 PM

    Nov 2007 she was diagnosed with Cancer at the base of her tongue and throat with lymph node involvement. She lost 70 pounds following surgery to remove the mass, radiation, chemotherapy and a feeding tube.

    1. ChefJune Sep 29, 2009 08:21 AM

      I thought the judges were a little hard on the students in the grading, especially on the plating. I thought their plates looked quite nice and thought they might have been graded down for being students.

      Ummmmm, did anyone else notice that Cat Cora's picture is no longer up there with the Iron Chefs? there were just three: Morimoto, Flay and Symon.

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        NYCkaren Sep 29, 2009 09:21 AM

        I didn't notice that. So no more Cat, no more Mario, is that it?

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          Fukui San Sep 29, 2009 10:33 AM

          There are always only three pictures, so someone was always missing. Mario excised from the opening sequence was something else, however.

          I liked this theme episode, and don't mind "novelty" challengers on occasion. It kind of looked like Michael Symon had a "bring your son or daughter to work day" at points, though. They all looked so young.

          1. re: NYCkaren
            bermudagourmetgoddess Oct 2, 2009 07:08 AM

            Cat could be absent right now because she and her partner both have newborns, so with two babies she is probably going to take a break (they now have 4 children in total)

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              Sandwich_Sister Oct 4, 2009 09:30 AM

              Cat also Just had the Grande Opening of her Restaurant Kouzzina Sept 25th. So she was in Orlando. However they are doing another "The Next Iron Chef" Contestant show, It Premiers tonight.

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          AMFM Sep 29, 2009 06:20 AM

          i actually thought michael looked thinner too. maybe food network isn't letting them eat? or maybe it was the camera angles? :)

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            Janet from Richmond Sep 29, 2009 06:29 AM

            I need one of those cameras ;-) I've been taking on weight like water on the Titanic lately.

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              AMFM Sep 29, 2009 06:02 PM

              LOL

          2. JohnE O Sep 28, 2009 05:33 PM

            Nice episode. I thought Michael Symon was pretty classy with his tribute to the students just before the verdict. Still trying to get used to Alton as a size 2. Maybe if he grew a goatee or a soul patch it might be an easier transition.

            1. linguafood Sep 28, 2009 08:30 AM

              OT, but boy, did we ever notice! She not only looked thin, but she also looked like she aged about 10 years since the last time we saw her. I was going to google her and see if she had some horrible illness....

              I thought the show was kinda cute, with the students being all frantic, and pouring the ice-cream mix when the lid was still open.

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                rocks67 Sep 28, 2009 08:39 AM

                Wonder if Karine went on the same sardine diet as Alton?!?!

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                  linguafood Sep 28, 2009 08:54 AM

                  mmmmmmm sardines.

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