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Jan 9, 2011 04:16 PM

Chuck takes the day off to challenge Bobby? [SPOILERS]

Today's Iron Chef America:
"It's network vs. network when Cooking Channel host Chuck Hughes uses his "Day Off" to enter into battle at Kitchen Stadium. Will Iron Chef Bobby Flay defend the honor of the Chairman, or will the new kid on the block take him down?"

While I find Chuck's cooking interesting and instructive, I'm having trouble picturing him in the ICA arena.

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  1. It was a good episode.

    I would comment on the winner but since there's no spoiler alert, I'll refrain.

    By the way, I never realized how tall Chuck Hayes is ... at least compared to the Chairman and Bobby Flay.

    1. can we add "spoiler alert" to the title? I enjoyed the episode...and that is all I will say. Except, and this is no spoiler, but is there some trade agreement with Great Britain that every food show with judging has to have one British "witty snarky" judge???

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      1. re: karenfinan

        I've never seen a British judge on Chopped.

        We Brits are snarky we can't help it!

      2. Truly an excellent episode, my favorite of all time. Chuck is a bit of a fish out of water and when the chairman was saying it was time to get serious and pick an IC I thought he was trying not to laugh.


        1. Jan 13, 2011 8:00 PM ET/PT
          Jan 14, 2011 3:00 AM ET/PT
          Jan 15, 2011 5:00 PM ET/PT

          In case anyone missed it.

          1. thought it was kind of a boring episode.. Flays sous chef is a mess and should be fired immediately.. She runs around clueless.. This is the second time I've seen her like that.. She is definitely not fit for IC..

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            1. re: SDGourmand

              What is up with that sous chef? She was getting on my nerves! Does she do all that to get her own show like Anne Burrell or something?

              Anyways it was great to see Chuck Hughes on the show and win. He's one of my favourites from the Canadian Food Network, love his show!

                1. re: paulj

                  How about the Chairman? What's with all the head and hand gestures. He reminded me of the cartoon character, Samurai Jack! When did Alton Brown become an ad man?
                  I guess I never really paid attention to those details before.

                  I thought overall the lobster was wasted and neither menu really knocked me out. The one sous chef was a hot mess but Chef Flay seemed off all night from the start. Chuck's natural smile and enthusiasm event on Chuck's Day Off was not maximized on IC.

                  Editing or not, it was a huge disappointment for me.

                2. re: gomes

                  Bookmarked.... I want to think about what this sous chef might have in common with Anne Burrell.

                3. re: SDGourmand

                  Phew! I thought I was the only one who found her bumbling and annoying. Actually, it seemed that Mr. Flay was a little annoyed with her as well.

                  1. re: bards4

                    Maybe she was the one that came up with vanilla and lobster. Ick.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      vanilla & lobster is a common pairing, and one that i'll honestly NEVER understand.

                  2. re: SDGourmand

                    ugh. she's a train wreck...and SD Gourmand, you're right, this isn't the first time they've shown her have a meltdown during a battle. i remember wishing someone would slap her the last time too. he needs to replace her ASAP.