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Your top 3 choices for new Iron Chefs?

Lets say you got to select up to 3 new Iron Chefs for "Iron Chef America" ... who would you choose?

Mine would be (in no particular order):

Marcus Samuelsson
Susur Lee
Anita Lo

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  1. Susur, definitely. He's serious business, man.
    Richard Blais would be fun to watch, or Wylie Dufresne... get a little more MG goin' in Kitchen Stadium.
    And, just because I will always carry a torch for him and he would SO entertaining, Fabio Viviani.
    When I want to make myself laugh, I go find that list of quotes from whatever season of Top Chef he competed on (there's a few videos, too) and give myself the giggles. I live within a few hours' driving distance of his restaurant... I'm going to go someday. My spouse teases me that if Fabio were there and came out to our table that I would dissolve into a babbling, googly-eyed mess. tee hee.

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    1. re: CapreseStacy

      jose andres
      thomas keller
      Michael White

    2. i think IC definitely needs a molecular gastronomy chef. that would be a blast to watch! so i second blaise (DID YOU HEAR HE HAS A NEW SHOW ON THE SCIENCE CHANNEL??) or dufrense

      1. Going to throw out a possibly unknown.... Linton Hopkins and agree with Blais or Dufresne.

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        1. re: chris2269

          The thing is with molecular gastronomy is that I don't think it's mainstream enough to garner a good TV audience. Not yet, anyway. Maybe in a few more years, perhaps. But then by then the whole molecular food movement may be passe.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            thats why i think they would be exceptional as Iron Chefs. molec. gastronomy is such a interesting and exciting cuisine, i really think more people need to become aware of it!! not only that, but how many people honestly do better asian cuisine than morimoto? or italian than batali? they have alot of the most popular cuisines covered by real masters (with the exception that rick bayless should take over for jose garces).

            so unless they could grab themselves a master of Spanish cuisine, i think molecular gastronomy is the next logical step!

            1. re: mattstolz

              José Andrés perhaps?

              Maybe Bobby Flay would object since Andrés whipped his butt already on ICA.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                read my mind on that one. andres would make a great IC

                1. re: mattstolz

                  Yeah, Andrés just has that certain gravitas you want in an IC.

                  The current contenders -- Forgione and Canora -- are sorely lacking in that dept.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    completely agree. whenever people ask me who i want to win, i normally tell them that i didnt think this season had any excellent choices to begin with, and neither of these two could come close to touching batali in the italian department to begin with.

                2. re: ipsedixit

                  crap i missed that episode ..going to wiki right now to get the episode and downloading. Thanks

          2. you hit two of mine already - Marcus & Susur. the other would be Jose Andres.

            though i also think Wolfgang Puck & Hubert Keller would be fun to watch...

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            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              Puck WAS a iron chef for at least a episode or two right?

              1. re: mattstolz

                Puck was an iron chef for the very first Iron Chef America (the special where they brought ICs from Japan) and he was a blast to watch. As i recall he was clearly having tons of fun and was cooking circles around everyone else. It's been a few years though so not sure where his skills are these days.

                1. re: Ladycale

                  oh, right! i have a vague memory of that. he really was good. ok, i second my own vote for Puck :)

              2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                Does Puck even remember how to cook anymore? He's been on the business side of things for so long that I have my doubts. Same for Flay, really.

              3. Susur Lee is fantastic! I agree.