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New ICA: Symon vs. Spike Mendelsohn

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jackbauer Mar 1, 2010 04:48 PM

I hope Michael Symon thumps him with extreme prejudice.

  1. goodhealthgourmet Mar 1, 2010 05:16 PM

    oh man, definitely setting the DVR for this one!

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      Blueicus Mar 1, 2010 08:09 PM

      this seems to be the season of "special guests"? I assume it's to boost some of their winning percentages.

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        DexterM Mar 3, 2010 08:40 AM

        I wonder if Spike will be wearing his stupid hat?

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          Reignking Mar 8, 2010 06:29 AM

          You win.

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          WNYamateur Mar 7, 2010 05:57 PM

          Apparently, Spike is now too sexy for his last name.

          And FN is unwilling to even mention Spike's biggest claim to fame.

          1. chris2269 Mar 8, 2010 12:06 AM

            So I was away from the TV while they introduced the Judges, so I don't know their qualifications. I do hope to never see them again though. That was some of the worst judging commentary I have ever witnessed on ICA . Even when they were saying something relevant to the dish it came across inane or super obvious. Those last 12 min. were painful to get through.

            Michael did kill him though. Listening to the Chef's description of each of their dishes and the approach they took really made it clear (at least imo) who was going to win.

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              californiabeerandpizza Mar 8, 2010 08:49 AM

              Ten points is a fairly large margin of victory. I was actually feeling a little sorry for Spike as there seemed to be something of an attitude against him right from the start. Can't say I was a fan of Spike's personality on Top Chef but I don't think that should have been held against him. I do think Symon was the clear winner and Spike was a little out of his league but his cooking seems to have improved since Top Chef and he's still young.

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                goodhealthgourmet Mar 8, 2010 08:58 AM

                i agree, that judging was a real bummer - none of them had anything remotely interesting or insightful to say, and all three were first- (and hopefully last-) timers in kitchen stadium. i wish they'd stop bringing in these judges who know nothing about food. i understand that it's more of a spectacle than a "serious" show, but still, it's a cooking competition. you'd think the judges would have SOME sort of appropriate credential or experience. the male judge is one of the owners of John O'Groats in Los Angeles - hardly a bastion of fine dining, but compared to the female judges that practically made him William freaking Grimes! the other two judges were Nina K (Howard Stern's radio show news "reporter") and Nina Griscom (NY socialite who owns a furniture store on the UES). i wish Jeffrey had been on the panel - he would have skewered Spike.

                Spike acted like just as much of an ass as he did on TC, and i was glad to see him get the drubbing he so justly deserved. when i saw him break out the maraschino cherries and canned truffles, i knew he was a goner.

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                  Dee S Mar 12, 2010 08:19 AM

                  Lisa G (Howard's radio news "reporter") was the other judge; not Nina K.

                  I thought Spike toned down his attitude, with a few fluorishes of the old Spike appearing at times. I noticed he used the 24 month proscuitto once and then 18 month for everything else. His food was just so-so to me.

                  Michael's food was waaaaaay better. I wanted to partake in every dish he made. Dessert sounded amazing!!!

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                    goodhealthgourmet Mar 12, 2010 09:24 AM

                    right you are - thanks for the correction. i think i started typing about Nina Griscom first and just lost my train of thought. oops :)

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                      Bob W Mar 12, 2010 10:11 AM

                      Since both chefs did proscuitto and figs, it was easy to compare those two dishes. Spike's was nice, but very simple. Symon's was clearly a cut above. As soon as I saw that dish from Mike, I knew he'd crush Spike.

                      If I ever find myself on the far side of the Capitol, I'll try to check out Spike's eatery.

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                      mike1823 Mar 15, 2010 09:50 AM

                      I do believe the Nina Griscom was a fairly early stalwart of Food Network. I believe her and Alan Richman would either review restaurants themselves or introduce taped restaurant reviews. My memory might be flawed as this was quite a while ago. Someone correct me if I am wrong. I remember enjoying the show. That said the judging was not the best but Symon clearly one the night.

                  2. Phaedrus Mar 8, 2010 12:14 PM

                    Seriously. Spike on ICA? Please. I guess ICA is really scraping the bottom of the barrel for competitors.

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                      goodhealthgourmet Mar 8, 2010 01:14 PM

                      and judges.

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