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New ICA: Symon vs. Spike Mendelsohn

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I hope Michael Symon thumps him with extreme prejudice.

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  1. oh man, definitely setting the DVR for this one!

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

      1. I wonder if Spike will be wearing his stupid hat?

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        1. re: DexterM

          You win.

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

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

          1. 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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            1. re: chris2269

              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.

              1. re: chris2269

                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.

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  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!!!

                  1. re: Dee S

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

                    1. re: Dee S

                      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.

                    2. re: goodhealthgourmet

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

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                    1. re: Phaedrus

                      and judges.