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Jan 9, 2012 07:15 AM

Losing interest in Iron Chef America

Sorry chairman, but the revolving door is not doing it for me. I tried watching the first Zakarian show, and ended up shutting it off in the middle and deleting it.

Zakarian, Forgione, Garces are certainly talented chefs, but that's all they are to me. Watching a show with them as the Iron Chef to me is like watching two challengers. In the immortal words of Bill Parcells, they are simply JAGs. Just another guy.

Flay, Morimoto, and Batali have that something extra.

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  1. I am right there with you, Bob. In fact I lost interest a few seasons ago when the Batali and Morimoto episodes began to dwindle.

    1. You got 2 out of 3 in the latest episode

      While Batali is gone, I don't detect a significant drop off in Morimoto and Flay appearances. In 2010, season #8 Morimoto peaked at 7 episodes, but that was above the 3-4 of previous and subsequent seasons. (Wiki has a nice set of tables of episodes)

        1. re: BarackHObama

          So do you watch it faithfully even though you don't like it, or just like commenting about something that you never watch? :)

          1. re: paulj

            i've seen enough to know that it is obnoxious and fake.

          1. re: iL Divo

            Being an Iron Chef is not a full time job, so presumably both have continued to do what they did before - run one or more restaurants. Elsewhere Cora's family has been mentioned, as well a talk show appearance. Batali made the Spain road trip series, and has insulted some paying customers (Wall street bankers).

            1. re: paulj

              so are they both off the show then, for good or not....................sorry its' late here :(

              1. re: iL Divo

                Cat Cora has a new show coming out with Curtis Stone "Around the World in 80 Plates" on Bravo.

                1. re: Firegoat

                  maybe these Iron Chefs just get bored of the show and concept.
                  sheesh, I would, and would also want to end something I no longer have a passion for.
                  I'm waiting for MS to leave, although I hope he doesn't.

          2. w/o the bad voice dub of the original Japanese version it just sort of lost something at the start.

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            1. re: hill food

              It is even better with the Japanese soundtrack and bad English subtitles -- but, I agree, the bad voice dub was also entertaining . . .

              1. re: zin1953

                Cooking Channel, 11 pm, every night!

                One of my most memorable life's lessons comes from the original Iron Chef: On an episode in which the secret ingredient was the apparently disgusting natto, one of the judges, a good sport, said, "Well, some days you get homard lobsters, and some days you get natto."

                So true!

                  1. re: EWSflash

                    That's where I learned about nato. I think it was a tie breaker ingredient (30 minutes). But I must have missed the comment that implied the judge(s) did not like nato - though I'm sure some Japanese like it better than others. I think it is eaten more as a condiment with breakfast rice than as a fancy cooking ingredient.

                    Koniyaku was another such ingredient (both as tie and introduction).

                    I have enjoyed ICJ more as a window on Japanese food culture than as a cooking show.

                    1. re: paulj

                      I recall battle natto as being characterized by the judge's comments as "wow, this tastes good you can't even TASTE the natto"...lololol
                      Seemed that the mark of a great natto dish was to completely disguise its taste!

                      1. re: freia

                        natto is a like a fine soft ripened cheese.
                        the stinkier the better. :-)

                      2. re: paulj

                        i am a little late to this party, but i recommend this post. :-)

                1. re: hill food

                  Totally agree. I tried watching ICA a few times and it just never captured my interest like the original. The format works a lot better in Japan for some reason. Also, the host and comments by the various folks get on my nerves. I can take about the first 10-15 minutes and then I have to cut it. I hope no one tries to duplicate Dotchi Cooking - that would really suck over here...

                  1. re: bulavinaka

                    ICA is all about alton brown. i love alton brown from good eats but i do not care for his persona in ICA.

                    1. re: ritabwh

                      If you'd watch the show with mute on you'd barely know AB as there. He is the main voice, but the camera is rarely on him.

                      1. re: paulj

                        i dunno paul. i think he is a big presence at the judging table leaving the chairman mute at the head of the table.
                        anyway it is moot because i rarely watch ICA anymore. i just remember being annoyed at alton brown.

                        1. re: ritabwh

                          Alton isn't @ the judge's table . . . unless the Chairman isn't there.

                          Je suis confus . . .

                          1. re: zin1953

                            ah wells. my memory must fail me. i haven't watch ica in a very long time. :::bowing out:::