History Headscratchers / IronChef

22nd Oct '17 6:06:04 PM karstovich2
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* On ''ICJ'': Why did so many challengers who were not there specifically to prove a point about their cuisine so often go for the intra-cuisine battles? They had to know that because the style of the challenger was known, but the Iron Chef (except in certain circumstances) was not, the ingredient would either be chosen to favor the challenger or as a "neutral" one common to most cuisines. Moreover, the out-of-cuisine Iron Chefs were not usually expecting to be chosen, giving a surprise advantage. True, this didn't always work (see: Sakai in the Jinhua pork battle against a Cantonese chef, or Chen and Michiba in their foie gras battles against French chefs), but why unnecessarily level the playing field when you have a choice?

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* On ''ICJ'': Why did so many challengers who were not there specifically to prove a point about their cuisine so often go for the intra-cuisine battles? (Outside of the ones like the Ohta Faction who were trying to prove a point.) They had to know that because the style of the challenger was known, but the Iron Chef (except in certain circumstances) was not, the ingredient would either be chosen to favor the challenger or as a "neutral" one common to most cuisines. Moreover, the out-of-cuisine Iron Chefs were not usually expecting to be chosen, giving a surprise advantage. True, this didn't always work (see: Sakai in the Jinhua pork battle against a Cantonese chef, or Chen and Michiba in their foie gras battles against French chefs), but why unnecessarily level the playing field when you have a choice?
22nd Oct '17 6:04:43 PM karstovich2
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*** Descended from French. Evolved from French. Thus not French anymore.

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*** Descended from French. Evolved from French. Thus not French anymore.anymore.
* On ''ICJ'': Why did so many challengers who were not there specifically to prove a point about their cuisine so often go for the intra-cuisine battles? They had to know that because the style of the challenger was known, but the Iron Chef (except in certain circumstances) was not, the ingredient would either be chosen to favor the challenger or as a "neutral" one common to most cuisines. Moreover, the out-of-cuisine Iron Chefs were not usually expecting to be chosen, giving a surprise advantage. True, this didn't always work (see: Sakai in the Jinhua pork battle against a Cantonese chef, or Chen and Michiba in their foie gras battles against French chefs), but why unnecessarily level the playing field when you have a choice?
13th Sep '17 9:21:35 AM Wolf101
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** To clarify: I mean he's not even an option. He appears in the intro, then when the show proper starts and challenger is introduced the ''three'' Iron Chef's make their entrance: IC French, IC Chinese, IC Japanese. It's like they took the intro from the last season and put it on the first, except when one of the "Big Three" change so does the intro. It's very confusing as to why he gets credit when I've never once seen him appear.
30th Nov '16 6:55:21 PM WillKeaton
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*** Descended from French. Evolved from French. Thus not French anymore.

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*** Descended from French. Evolved from French. Thus not French anymore.

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17th May '16 5:31:46 AM WiddershinsDaughter
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** Also, in Japan, bell peppers aren't a common part of local cuisine, so biting into it like one would an apple is a [[EstablishingCharacterMoment way to show that Chairman Kaga is worldly and urbane]]. Though Takeshi Kaga (the actor) can't QUITE keep it together.
19th Dec '15 6:07:07 PM nombretomado
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* Am I the only one that doesn't like Michael Symon? Maybe it's the whole AscendedFanboy thing, or the fact that Symon was redundant since they have Cora, or the fact they seem to plug Symon into other cooking shows on Creator/FoodNetwork and The Cooking Channel, but I get a weird ShiaLaBeouf vibe from him.

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* Am I the only one that doesn't like Michael Symon? Maybe it's the whole AscendedFanboy thing, or the fact that Symon was redundant since they have Cora, or the fact they seem to plug Symon into other cooking shows on Creator/FoodNetwork and The Cooking Channel, but I get a weird ShiaLaBeouf Creator/ShiaLaBeouf vibe from him.
28th Oct '15 9:02:03 PM RavenBlack
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*** It's definitely a YMMV thing. I have this same reaction to Alex Guarnaschelli now that they've started shoehorning her into everything. I just find her really smarmy and abrasive.
9th Aug '13 12:08:06 PM 84788484
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*** Descended from French. Evolved from French. Thus not French anymore.
29th Jul '13 3:48:05 PM MathWizardBoy
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** Well, Iron Chef [[spoiler:Forgione]] is classically trained in France and in French cuisine.

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** Well, Iron Chef [[spoiler:Forgione]] Forgione is classically trained in France and in French cuisine.



* Did it seem to anyone else that Food Network was absolutely desperate to have Alex Guarnaschelli be an Iron Chef and were going to keep trying as often as possible until she was one? She was in the contest twice in a row, and both times (but obviously much moreso the second time) it seemed to me that they were ''heavily'' shading things in her favor, going much easier on her and much harder on her competition in judging. With that and them advertising stuff with her more and more, it seems like someone decided that Guarnaschelli is going to be a big star on Food Network whether the viewers like it or not.

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* Did it seem to anyone else that Food Network was absolutely desperate to have Alex Guarnaschelli be an Iron Chef and were going to keep trying as often as possible until she was one? She was in the contest twice in a row, and both times (but obviously much moreso the second time) it seemed to me that they were ''heavily'' shading things in her favor, going much easier on her and much harder on her competition in judging. With that and them advertising stuff with her more and more, it seems like someone decided that Guarnaschelli is going to be a big star on Food Network whether the viewers like it or not.
14th Apr '13 6:52:49 PM 84788484
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*** Keep in mind, you're grumbling over the "canon" of a cooking competition.
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