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Aug 24, 2010 03:29 PM

Cook Like An Iron Chef

Is anyone else enjoying this show? I've seen all the the episodes so far and it's actually good. Michael Symon is low key, there are no boring family stories and he is turning out some good food. I made the crab tacos the other night for friends and they were excellent. Plus, he doesn't look too bad in a t-shirt and jeans:)

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  1. I'd watch it but I don't get it. It's on cooking channel right? I Hope they get it on food tv.

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    1. I saw part of the corn episode last night and everything he was doing looked really delicious.

      But, now you have me craving crab tacos!


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      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        Not cheap, but good! As soon as the weather cools off, I'm doing the lobster chowder. That looked wonderful.
        I think I like the fact that like Anne Burrell, he is a real chef and not just a personality. You won't find boxed cake mix or taco seasoning here, thank God!

        1. re: BubblyOne

          Agree! I catch Anne Burrell once in awhile and boy does she have a unique outlook on life. Pretty goofy, which is fun to watch. But, I do seem to learn things from her, which is good.


      2. I like the the show but I find him kind of monotone and the set is way to dark for me. It's like he's cooking in a basement. Overall good show with great recipes, will continue to watch..

        1. I like the show because I like Symon.

          But I don't think the show lives up to its moniker of "Cook LIke An Iron Chef" ... nothing that Symon does really mirrors what an Iron Chef has to do, except for making multiple dishes from one single ingredient (but lots of cooking shows do this, incl. the one by Roger Mooking).

          Good show, nonetheless.

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            He does frequently say that the food has to be the star of the dish and appears to be trying to be true to that goal. But, yeah, I think you're right.

            The show makes me curious about his cookbook. Has anyone tried it?

            Also, I agree with the person above who said the set is really dark. It is! I find the set a little distracting, but, not so distracting that I won't watch!


            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              This is going off on a tangent, but this post got me thinking.

              Why aren't the dishes in Iron Chef America judged "blind" or anonymously?

              I think knowing which judge's dish you are tasting would bias the results. Why not have each panel judge the 5 (or 6) courses blind?

              I know I would be inherently biased for Symon, and maybe against someone like Flay or Battali.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                It has already been reported that the Iron Chef show is to some degree rigged. The guest chef does not really pick the Iron Chef (only one is present on the set), and the two chefs know in advance what the secret ingredient is. That allows the planning and coordination with the sous chefs. It is also logical to assume that the dishes are made more than once, for the "beauty shot" and also to be hot (or cold) and ready to eat over the judging period, which has obviously been edited as to time. Bias is not much to consider under these circumstances.

                1. re: therealdoctorlew

                  I knew that. But none of that changes how the panel might judge the dishes if they were doing it "blind."

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Does 'blind' judging help in the BF Throwdowns?

                    1. re: paulj

                      I believe that's the crux of the show.

                    2. re: ipsedixit

                      What? Would they take some sort of amnestic medication to make them forget the part where they're watching the chefs actually prepare their food?

                      Besides, the Chairman would no longer get to alternate between What was your approach to the secret ingredient?" and "What was your inspiration for the secret ingredient?"

                      1. re: youngho

                        The judges could be secluded.

                        I could care less about what the Chairman does, unless of course it's watching him get impaled by a hot bbq skewer straight in the eyes.

                    3. re: therealdoctorlew

                      my understanding is they know of 3 or so possible ingredients of which one is the one chosen

                      1. re: thew

                        True, but the story I read (complete internet hearsay, of course) said they give the show three shopping lists of additional ingredients based upon the 3 possibilities - and the show doesn't make much effort to hide what was purchased on set. So... they know they're getting one of three prior to arrival, and can pretty much tell which of those it'll bee when they arrive on set.

                    4. re: ipsedixit

                      Because who wins is really not that important. The Japanese show puts it this way: "If [the challenger] wins, he will win the people's ovation for ever."

                      1. re: paulj

                        But this is Iron Chef America ... and, really, the American version is so far removed from the original Japanese one that even a shared name is sort of comical.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          Well put! ICA can never hold a candle to the original. Even the English overdubbing kind of fudged it for me. Give me the old version in Japanese with a few subtitles, though they didn't even have those when I started watching it, and I'm a happy, happy girl.

                    5. re: The Dairy Queen

                      Maybe they can get Sandra Lee to do a liitle makeover, lol.

                      1. re: BubblyOne

                        That makes me laugh out loud even as chills are running up my spine!

                      2. re: The Dairy Queen

                        I have his cookbook. It's excellent, although not a lot of recipes from the show, at least the ones that have aired thus far, are included. I highly recommend the book, great tips and recipes!
                        One criticism of the show...What's with the slo-mo everytime oil is poured or a lemon is squeezed. Other than that, love the kind of industrial feel to the set.

                    6. While he is my least favourite of the Iron Chefs (I was pulling for John Besh to win that spot) I have been watching the show. I, too, find the set too dark for my tastes, but those crab tacos looked great! I do like that he is a real chef teaching things.

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                      1. re: decolady

                        Was Symon one of the contestants along with Aaron Sanchez? I've always been a fan of Sanchez