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The Next Iron Chef, Mexican Food Episode (spoiler)

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"Chefs can't have a bad day." Alton tells them. Not by the looks of this episode.

No one seemed to be able to pull this one off thoroughly. Even the winner was criticized.

Anyone else sort of sorry that Amanda Freitag slid by? But then, I'd been rooting for Crenn because she's local to my area, however, her attitude in this particular episode really seemed to bring out the stereotype of the arrogant French person that's so unfortunate. She seemed in denial to the very last that her presentation had any flaws whatsoever - even the undercooked churros.

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  1. I was curious how they ended up that way - she had the most time, and I hope she tasted her food prior to serving.. and for the love of God, Chef Metha needs to STOP MAKING ICE CREAM.

    I was kind of annoyed at the "make a drink btw" - I enjoy seeing the chef's work within a set challenge and time frame, and those added twists just seem gratuitious and adding unneeded chaos to an already hectic competition.

    I did love how they ran öut of the market and directly into the challenger's stadium... the van ride in between disappeared.

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    1. re: grant.cook

      With all the inexplicable equipment failures on the show, I wouldn't be surprised if the deep fryer she was using just wasn't working right. I suspect FN does it on purpose for added drama, but it just makes the whole production seem shoddy. This week it was the vacuum sealer.

      Of course, she should have sampled a churro before serving them.

      1. re: grant.cook

        I wondered about that too; did they just "reproduce" the effect of running from the market to the stadium by holding them in some pen somewhere until their time arrived?

        1. re: DGresh

          I think they clocked them all at the market and then moved everyone back to the kitchen studio. Since Crenn finished at the market first, she started cooking first. Then they let the each of the competitors into the kitchen at the time they were behind Crenn.

      2. Yes but it was a forgone conclusion that Freitag would slide by, no matter what she came up with. At least Crenn attempted a churro. If Crenn had put out a bad shrimp and an eclair even she would have believed that she deserved to go.

        Over the weekend we watched Top Chef Las Vegas on Bravo. I noticed that at the end just before the credits, they run a disclaimer. I had to run it at 1/15 speed and then stop it to read it, but it said something to the effect that program participants to be eliminated from the program each week, are determined by the judges (Colicchio, Lakshmee, et al.) as well as the show's producers -- (next Page) and by the Bravo Network. I went looking for a disclaimer at the end of Next ICA but didn't find one before my dvr cut the show off but I still don't think that without a disclaimer the competition is real.

        And even though Jeffery is my man, I have to admit after watching Iron Chef Saturday night that the man is getting downright mean spirited. I don't know if he's on the wagon or off it, he's simply getting too negative.

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        1. re: junescook

          <And even though Jeffery is my man, I have to admit after watching Iron Chef Saturday night that the man is getting downright mean spirited.>

          I coudn't believe the incredibly rude things he was saying to the female judge next to him on ICA Battle Cherry. I was happy to see she was not intimidated and fire back, but he was acting like a jackass. I don't understand why FN keeps asking him back. Whatever positive characteristics he may have brought in the past are long gone. Now he's just an obnoxious naysayer.

          1. re: sibeats

            Steingarten hasn't been interesting on ICA for years. He's become a caricature of himself and slides by on his name recognition and his blunt and obnoxious shtick. Maybe it was funny the first 18000 times but it's not even funny adjacent anymore. By the looks she gives him on the Next IC, I think Donatella is thoroughly annoyed by him.

            1. re: soniabegonia

              I particularly hate the "When did you stop beating your wife?" questions he puts to the chefs: Was it bad shopping or bad cooking? Did you intend that it taste like shit? Really rude and I believe meant to intimidate.

              1. re: mnosyne

                and that comment he made to one of the other judges after she complimented one of the items (don't remember which), which was "and how many of *those* have you ever eaten", implying that if she liked it it was because she didn't know what it was supposed to taste like. I think it was the tortilla soup.

                1. re: DGresh

                  yes, it was the tortilla soup. he's really just become unpleasant to watch.

                2. re: mnosyne

                  Harold Dieterle blogged about how "Did you taste your dish?" was actually similar.

                  http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/blogs...