'Iron Chef' on Serious Eats

Celebrating Japanese Food at the CIA's Worlds of Flavor Conference in Napa

The 39 Japanese chefs who came to the Culinary Institute of America's Napa Valley campus joined other culinary experts to sell their love of Japanese food. Panelists included Ruth Reichl, Harold McGee, David Chang, Iron Chef Morimoto, and many Japanese culinary legends. Food is clearly serious business in Japan, particularly seafood. We learned that while Japan is smaller than California, due to its coastal jaggedness, it has fifty percent more coastline the entire United States. More

'Iron Chef America' Competes at the White House in January

We mentioned this in our New York Times roundup today, but it deserves an extra little shout-out. First Lady Michelle Obama will make a guest appearance on Food Network when she challenges Bobby Flay, Mario Batali, Emeril Lagasse, and White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford to a special Iron Chef battle. The secret ingredients? Produce grown in the White House garden. The episode will air on Sunday, January 3 at 8 p.m. EST.... More

In Videos: Futurama's Bender as Cooking Bot

An oldie but goodie. Futurama's alcoholic robot, Bender, hopes to humiliate archrival chef Elzar by training with a Yoda-like mentor and then going on Iron Cook to challenge him. Training scenes include Bender peeling a potato à la Star Wars with a lightsaber and ingesting a can of whole peppercorns and then twisting his head around like a pepper mill. Video, after the jump.... More

In Videos: Iron Chef Japan 'Cooking Japanese' Music Video Spoof

To promote Iron Chef Japan, Fine Living Network made this fake music video spoofing "Turning Japanese" by the Vapors. Watch close up of various things being chopped and gutted to a catchy song. You'll have "I'm cooking Japanese I think I'm cooking Japanese by Morimoto," stuck in your head all day long! Video, after the jump.... More

'Nightline' Reveals Supposed Secrets of 'Iron Chef America'

Slated to air last Friday, but bumped because of a Qantas jet explosion that occurred the same day, Nightline ran their piece on Iron Chef America last night. The segment, described as a "behind the scenes" look that was supposed to "reveal secrets," actually revealed nothing we didn't already know: they use stand-ins before the Iron Chef is selected, the contestants know the secret ingredient ahead of time (it's one of three), and the Chairman isn't really the nephew of the original Japanese version's Chairman. He's just an actor. When asked about the judges, Cat Cora said, "you have to grin and bear it. There are times when you want to put a choke hold on someone but, you know,... More

Iron Cheffing and Judging Are Legit (If Imperfect)

Village Voice restaurant critic Robert Sietsema pulled back the curtain on the Food Network's Iron Chef America. Or did he? I think Sietsema is a fine critic and writer, and I have in fact eaten with him on a few occasions. That said, having judged Iron Chef America a number of times in the last couple of years, I feel compelled to point out a number of things about his supposedly sordid revelations.... More

Inside Look at Iron Chef America

The Village Voice's Robert Sietsema gives an inside look at Iron Chef America: "the fog machines kept cranking throughout the taping, concealing all sorts of details the network might not want you to see."... More

New Iron Chef Contestants Announced

Via Eater, they are: John Besh: New Orleans; executive chef; Restaurant August, Besh Steak, Lüke, La Provence Chris Cosentino: San Francisco; executive chef; Incanto Jill Davie: Santa Monica, California; executive chef, Josie Traci Des Jardins: San Francisco; executive chef and co-owner; Jardinière, Mijita, Acme Chophouse Gavin Kaysen: San Diego, California; chef de cuisine; El Bizcocho at the Rancho Bernardo Inn Morou Ouattara: Washington, D.C.; executive chef and owner; Farrah Olivia Aarón Sánchez: New York City; executive chef and owner; Centrico, Paladar Michael Symon: Cleveland, Ohio; executive chef and owner; Lola, Lolita... More

Chris Cosentino Loves Offal

Chris Cosentino, executive chef of San Francisco's Incanto, is a well-known fan of offal: he serves dishes like pig’s trotter cake and salt-cured pork liver in his restaurant, is working on an offal cookbook, and runs a site called Offal Good, "a guide and informational source for proper handling and cooking techniques for working with these lost cuts of meat. You will find recipes, food porn, and places to buy and eat offal." On April 22, he'll be on Iron Chef battling Mario Batali, offal's most famous proponent and afficionado in America. Ladies and gentlemen, set your TiVos!... More

The Great Natto Diet Rush

The Great Natto Diet Rush: The sticky road to weight loss (maybe). Maki Itoh discusses natto's sudden trendiness in Japan as a potential weight loss wonder food—somewhat bizarre news when you consider that natto is a very stinky dish of cooked, fermented soybeans, the kind of food that even the Japanese will refer to as "an acquired taste". (Masaharu Morimoto won the Iron Chef Natto Battle with an array of dishes that included a dessert of "sweetened natto soaked in Coca Cola and served in coconut milk", which to be frank, I find terrifying. Brave man to make it, but trusting judges to eat it!)... More

Cast Iron Chef

I was a judge on Iron Chef America a couple of days ago. The battle was between Iron Chef Cat Cora and Walter Scheib, who until recently was the White House chef. It was my second time judging,and this time... More

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