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Jun 6, 2013 04:54 PM

Iron chef, what should this show do next?

So we just had the Tournament champions show, we've had grudge matches, we had other iron chef from around the world and of course the next iron chef show. So what should they do next? One idea is have the originals Japanese iron chef come battle the ICA or have a world IC completion or have the top ten Mitchlen star restaurant chefs come battle for charity.

What do you think IC should do next?

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  1. Go back to the, oh, first 5 seasons and re-match the competitions that were the closest in score. Use the same Secret Ingredient but add The Chairman's Curveball.

    The first episodes of IC:A's were shown in 2005, so they could wait only about a year and start IC:A-- Decade Rematch series and re-match chefs from the first year [and so on].

    IC:A Sous -- have a very similar Secret Ingredient as one that a sous and an IC did together, but this time have them compete against each other. Give the Sous a 20 minute time advantage.

    IC:A On Tour-Audience Rules. Have IC:A in 10 US cities and of course sell tickets. The audience votes for the winner, so the competition has to create fewer but larger "dividable" dishes that can be sampled by the crowd. Maybe each section of the audience gets to sample 1 dish.

      1. re: miss_belle

        Replace it with new competitions?

        - Chef Roulette (in which chefs are challenged with a spinning wheel)
        - Cutthroat Kitchen (a reality competition show with Alton Brown as "the devilish provocateur")
        - Beat Bobby Flay
        - Guy & Rachael's Kids Cook-Off
        - Donut Showdown

        1. re: paulj

          Didn't we already have a "Beat Bobby Flay" with the throwdown series?

          1. re: pamf

            Sounds like this is the reverse - others are challenging Bobby.

          2. re: paulj

            Elvis Costello used to have a big roulette wheel on stage with him and he would have a lot of his old songs on it. He would have someone spin it and then he would sing that song.

            They could do the same thing except that they could have additional ingredients, condiments, and techniques on the wheel so that they have to work it in to the dishes.

            Have a giant gong so that when the Chairman bangs the gong their assistants would have to switch kitchens.

            1. re: Phaedrus

              Didn't Alex switch kitchens in the middle of a NICA final competition (Elizabeth Falkner v Geoffrey Zakarian)?

            2. re: paulj

              I thought you were kidding around until I clicked on the link. So the dumbing down of the Food Network continues. And apparently, full speed ahead..

              1. re: miss_belle

                They might as well. The smart people who claim to want advanced stand-n-stir shows can't agree on what they want. FN is too big to cater to a such a fragmented market, even if they are the elites.

          3. Have an extended episode filmed live - unedited where we get to see what actually happens and run it as a marathon event on FN.

            1. Colors.

              The secret ingredient should be colors.

              As in, make 6 courses that feature the color Red.

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              1. re: ipsedixit


                I did a Thanksgiving one year in Beijing whew I did 2 dishes each of ROYGBIV, plus white and brown.

                That BIV part was pretty tough. Luckily there are Chinese purple carrots.

              2. Iron Chef has run it's course and they're now in gimmick mode to try and keep it interesting. Cancel it and every competition-type food show around. They roll out these "The Next Iron Chef" shows every year and pretty soon every celebrity chef will be an Iron Chef.

                The other disturbing trend is the 'celebrity chef helps struggling business" concept. When I saw Buddy Valastro doing a Kitchen Nightmares type of show with a bakery I almost threw up.

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