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THE NEXT IRON CHEF FINALIE: "Honor" aka "Canora v. Forgione" (Season 3, Episode 8) [Spoilers]

The Next Iron Chef is ... CHEF FORGIONE.

[Big collective yawn]

This was a really boring episode in my opinion.

"Honoring" Thanksgiving feast? Were the creative dept. at Food Network off this week?

Canora needs to either buy a stopwatch, or figure out where the clock is at Kitchen Stadium.

Forgione, too salty.

Canora, too sweet.

Forgione, no turkey

Forgione ... 5 best dishes.

Canora ... most consistent

Have at it.

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  1. Meh. Anti-climatic ending. It was obvious that Forgione was going to win the contest. He seemed to win this fair and square at least (unlike some other judgments). Still though, I was disappointed with the "secret ingredient" being thanksgiving. Kinda takes away from the "tradition" of Iron Chef. Whatever. Still a fun season to watch, if not 100% legitimate.

    1. [big collective yawn]

      nailed it.

      1. zzzzzz.

        yes, i'm happy Forgione won, but man, was that a snooze-fest!

        1. Yeah, could've missed most of it. See Canora was true to form by insisting you HAVE to have turkey and make a traditional dinner w/ cranberry sauce, etc. Why does he think he gets to set the rules based on what's in his head? Thought it was also funny that he said, in the voice over in the end, that he was sure he'd won. Overall, I don't think Corgione's health could have taken his being an IC--he was just too riled through the whole show and I was half expecting a heart attack at any point.

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            1. re: Shrinkrap

              Ooh, wonder what kind of Freudian slip that was. I meant Canora.

                1. re: Shrinkrap

                  I'm trying to visualize a "Corgione" chef ... would he have the eyes of Canora and the mohawk of Forgione?

          1. The outcome seemed inevitable, didn't it?


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            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              The outcome was inevitable once Casewell and Tsai were eliminated.

              1. re: chicgail

                True, but he still needs a haircut!

            2. Usually I'm riveted, last night I was giving myself a pedicure during the show. Forgione clearly won the night, but has been a little inconsitent throughout the season. That said, I find him much more watchable than Canora and will enjoy tuning in to see him.
              Now can we have a contest to replace Garces?

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                1. re: alliegator

                  My guess is that if they replace Garces they won't bother with a contest. Instead just crown Bristol Palin the new Iyern Chef.

                2. It was worth it for this moment:

                  Forgione: "THERE'S the Canora we all know and love."

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                  1. re: jmckee

                    It was worth it for this moment:

                    Forgione: "THERE'S the Canora we all know and love."


                    Which, of course, was preceded by this rant from Canora:

                    "What time is it? I need to know how much time is f*cking left" [paraphrased for dramatic effect]

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Am I the only one who is sure there will be a new Ming Tsai show in the future? He lost Iron Chef but showed himself to be FN-worthy.

                      1. re: lucyis

                        i personally wasnt a huge fan of him on NIC. thought he just seemed over-confident and uppidy. however, i think i am dating my youngness by not knowing him from his original show cuz i was too young to care then, so maybe i was just missing something

                        1. re: lucyis

                          "... but showed himself to be FN-worthy."

                          What does that even mean? Is that a compliment, or a backhanded insult?

                          FN has such characters like Rachel Ray and Semi-Homemade lady Sandra Lee.

                          Plus, Ming has another platform for his shows -- PBS.

                          I don't think FN needs Ming, and I don't think Ming needs FN.

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            I don't know, maybe Ming can make a heckuva a Kwanzaa cake.

                            1. re: chowser

                              ... or a Festivus cake? For the Costanzas maybe?

                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                East meets Festivus. How could FN turn it down?

                                1. re: chowser

                                  That was my laugh of the day! Maybe get Sandra Lee to do a nice tablescape on the cheap for it?

                                  1. re: alliegator

                                    she'd have to make a cocktail to go along with it too. the sensible route would be to do something with sake, so my guess is that she'd use mirin.

                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                      I chuckle, but I shudder at the same time knowing that there's more than a grain of truth to that.

                                  2. re: chowser

                                    Chowser--- what a great comment.

                                    I really have nothing to add except that Forgione is not a true Iron Chef until he bests Chen Kenichi in the original Kitchen Stadium.

                                2. re: ipsedixit

                                  Am I remembering correctly? I think Ming did have an FN show for a while and when they decided to move away from the standard kitchen set cooking shows, Ming got a new travel show "Ming's Quest". the most memorable episode was Ming visiting an ostrich farm and having to ride an ostrich like a rodeo bull.

                                  Anyone else remember this? After that Ming went back to PBS. I have no idea why he would want to come back to FN now. I guess being an Iron Chef is a big deal for some people.

                                  1. re: pamf

                                    He had not one, but two shows on FN. He originally had "East Meets West", and then "Ming's Quest". IIRC he left because he didn't want to be associated with some of the hucksterism that was already starting to show up

                                3. re: lucyis

                                  Ming Tsai's old show was better than anything currently on FN. Or the new Cooking Channel for that matter (an exception would be Laura Calder). A talented chef, no gimmicks.

                                  1. re: Neecies

                                    Does anyone know if any of this year's chefs have won on IC before? I know Ming beat Bobby several years ago in a duck challenge.

                            2. I would have liked Chef Tio to be in the finale as she did so good on a number of challenges, but it is what it is. Better for Forgione than Canora IMHO. Just something about Canora's actions that I didn't care for.

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                              1. re: boyzoma

                                I would bet Chef Tio was nixed by TPTB for not having enough sass or eye candy potential. Which is why Forgione with his mohawk and renegade attitude, who bombed at least as often as Tsai did, went into the finale while same was cited as cause for Tsai's elmination in the semi's.

                                1. re: Neecies

                                  I thought her eye-candy potential was pretty good. Especially in this final episode where she let her hair down.

                                2. re: boyzoma

                                  100% agreed, tio was quite good and steady with her work - i was rooting for her, forgione or tsai (with the latter as #1, obviously). canora was just...kind of a jerk.

                                3. Really, it should have been Battle Pork and Pineapple for Thanksgiving. with a requirement for breakfast, lunch and dinner presentations.

                                  In the beginning they should have said it was the "Next Mediocre Italian Chef from NYC to replace the Great Mario Batali".

                                  1. i'm not gonna say he was my favorite or that the episode or the season was amazing...
                                    but i actually thought forgione's food looked pretty darn good this episode across the board. i wanted to eat all of it.
                                    and while i get the lack of IC-ness, i am a giant sucker for thanksgiving so i kind of liked the challenge.
                                    canora looked like he was gonna have a heart attack. not at all iron chef worthy.

                                    1. All a fake. You can not even make a comment on the website regarding the selection. I no longer watch the program.

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                                      1. re: gaover

                                        I'm not one of those conspiracy theorists on Top Chef. But I have to admit I think Next Iron Chef (along with Next FN Star) is fixed from the start.

                                        1. re: Miss Needle

                                          I think there's some truth to that, Miss Needle. I don't think it's 100% fixed, but I do think they have 2 or 3 people they are actively considering and are using the show to figure out how they'll appear on camera, etc. Also, as a way to introduce these folks to the FN audience. The remaining contestants are there strictly for entertainment.


                                        1. re: huiray

                                          interesting comments on the judges. ;)

                                          1. re: AMFM

                                            Very interesting indeed. And points up Donatella's massive inconsistency.