Apparently it’s some sort of Foodie Agenda thing to say that Iron Chef America is ridiculous, loud, phony, absurd … basically, what the delicate fans of Vivaldi-based home cooking said about Emeril when he popped up on Food TV.
I gotta tell ya, I love it.
Yeah, I love Julia Child too, and I have all the Way To Cook videos — but on any given Sunday night, I’ll happily watch Cat Cora cooking off a last-minute reduction sauce with Alton Brown’s heavy breathing in the background. What I wish is they’d show the prep meeting, when the chefs and cooks work out who does what during that 45-minute whirlwind in Kitchen Stadium.
And i wish the judges were more articulate.
Why bring it up?
We have a friend who is negotiating to be an Iron Chef challenger this winter (more later), and also I wanted to mention the new and not bad Next Iron Chef show. That airs at 8 pm on Sunday, and The Foodist will catch you up on the competition. He’s got an insider’s close-up view from the kitchens of the Culinary Institute, where NIC is shooting.