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Oct 17, 2010 08:42 PM

The Next Iron Chef, Episode 3: Resourcefulness - *Spoiler Alert*

figured i'd start a thread before everyone chimed in on the old ones with complaints ;)

- i was really relieved to see Dumont get eliminated.
- Caswell & Forgione continue to impress.
- surprised to see Estes do so well in the EC, but it doesn't make her any less annoying :)
- Ming really needs to step it up!
- Canora is obviously talented, but i'm not so sure i like his attitude (or at least the edit he's getting).
- i don't think either Tio or Chauhan has a chance at this point.

oh, and i wish they'd change up the judging a bit for the secret ingredient challenges instead of having them critique each other every week. it's getting old...though it's nice to see the way Ming Tsai speaks up to call out the strong points of so many of his fellow chefs' dishes - it speaks volumes about his character.

ok folks, have at it!

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  1. I agree the self judging was a one trick pony.

    Estes is annoying...but I think Pagan needs to go next.

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    1. re: chris2269

      Pagan was the second chef to you mean Canora?

      1. re: chris2269

        Didn't Pagan get eliminated last week?

      2. I think the critique is done to give the show a "survivor" vibe.... make alliances etc.... I would rather the judges review the food.

        1. What was up with the fishing? Where did they go where even people who have never fished before could all catch something? Was it someplace artificially stocked with fish?

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          1. re: NYCkaren

            I don't believe you can "stock" the ocean with fish (like you can a freshwater lake).

            That said, I bet the producers spiked the area with sardines to make sure the area where they were fishing had ample supply of fish swimming around.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              That's what I figured. But it seemed unrealistic that the fish were so plentiful. Didn't it?

              1. re: NYCkaren

                I had that thought too. I've never been fishing anywhere where the fish are so fast and furious.

              2. re: ipsedixit

                That or divers that were putting fish on the hooks

            2. Master Chef had the same fishing challenge. Those scorpion fish look nasty, but they must cook up well, and be easy to find in LA waters.

              The flaming mixing bowl was nuts. And then Chef Tio(?) was talking about keeping the cous cous that was in the bowl after Dumont knocked it on the floor! I don't think plastic smoked makes a winning flavor addition. O_o

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              1. re: dach

                Scorpion fish is plentiful in SoCal waters. I don't particluarly care for it tho'. Caswell referred to it as buttery, I think that's a stretch. If it's not well cleaned it can be pretty fishy.

              2. Estes ... love child of Don Knotts and "Janet" from Threes Company.

                Glad that the artichoke incident didn't turn into a Top Chef pea redux

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                1. re: ipsedixit

                  "Estes ... love child of Don Knotts and "Janet" from Threes Company."

                  Thanks a lot. I forgot to wear Depends to work and now there's a real mess .... BWAH!!

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      It's her eyes and facial expression.

                      1. re: xo_kizzy_xo

                        "It's her eyes and facial expression."

                        Yes, Chef Estes has her father's (Don Knott's) eyes definitely. But she takes from her mother's ("Janet") stature and hair.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          I think this making fun of Chef Estes has gone a bit far. I've known Duskie and her family for about 5 years, and she's not the annoying person people think she is. She gets a lot of her spunk and confidence from her mother, who is a respected and honrs-winning physician specializing in seniors' health and care issues. They are also obviously mother and daughter. Check it out for yourself: