History Series / IronChef

5th Jan '18 4:58:39 AM WiddershinsDaughter
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After a three-year hiatus after the end of the 2014 season, Iron Chef returned to American television as ''Iron Chef Showdown,'' with a slightly retooled format, tested during Summer 2017 as ''Iron Chef Gauntlet,'' itself a re-tool of Food Network's ''The Next Iron Chef.'' ''Iron Chef Showdown'' is a two-round competition: A 30-minute appetizer round in which two chefs compete for the right to face an Iron Chef, judged solely by host Alton Brown; the second round is the traditional 60-minute competition to produce a 4-to-6 course meal.
27th Dec '17 9:21:03 PM karategal
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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Poor Anne Burrell in season 4 of ''The Next Iron Chef''. She used her advantage from winning the last challenge to rate Chef Zakarian's dish lowest so he'd be in the bottom 2, but unfortunately ''she'' also ended up there, and wound up losing to him in a cookoff. Alex Guarnaschelli even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this trope by saying that it was very [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespearean]].

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Poor Anne Burrell in season Season 4 of ''The Next Iron Chef''. She used her advantage from winning the last challenge to rate Chef Zakarian's dish lowest so he'd be in the bottom 2, but unfortunately ''she'' also ended up there, and wound up losing to him in a cookoff. Alex Guarnaschelli even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this trope by saying that it was very [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespearean]].



* InterserviceRivalry: Invoked in the 'Military Grill Battle', with each of three Iron Chef assigned a sous-chef from a different branch: Morimoto and a Marine, Symon and an Army cook, and Cora and a Navy Culinary Specialist[[note]]For the reason he's called a "culinary specialist", see UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks.[[/note]] The ingredient is 'ahi tuna, which is fitting given that it takes place at a Marine base in Hawaii.

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* InterserviceRivalry: Invoked in the 'Military Grill Battle', with each of three Iron Chef assigned a sous-chef from a different branch: Morimoto and a Marine, Symon and an Army cook, and Cora and a Navy Culinary Specialist[[note]]For Specialist.[[note]]For the reason he's called a "culinary specialist", see UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks.[[/note]] The ingredient is 'ahi tuna, which is fitting given that it takes place at a Marine base in Hawaii.



* TechnicianVersusPerformer: The season four finale of ''Next Iron Chef'' came down to Geoffrey Zakarian (the technician) and Elizabeth Faulkner (the performer), and the finale of ''Redemption" came down to Alex Guarneschelli (the technician) and Amanda Freitag (the performer). In both cases, technique trumped performance.
** The season two finale between Jose Garces (technician) and Jehangir Mehta (performer) had the judges [[DiscussedTrope discussing this trope]]. While discussing Mehta's amateur mistake, Iron Chef Michael Symon stated that "You can't be creative without having the fundamentals down." As with the previous two examples, the technician won.
** Season 3 Finale had Marco Canora (technician) vs Marc Forgione (performer). For once the performer won.

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* TechnicianVersusPerformer: The season four Season 4 finale of ''Next Iron Chef'' came down to Geoffrey Zakarian (the technician) and Elizabeth Faulkner (the performer), and the finale of ''Redemption" came down to Alex Guarneschelli (the technician) and Amanda Freitag (the performer). In both cases, technique trumped performance.
** The season two Season 2 finale between Jose Garces (technician) and Jehangir Mehta (performer) had the judges [[DiscussedTrope discussing this trope]]. While discussing Mehta's amateur mistake, Iron Chef Michael Symon stated that "You can't be creative without having the fundamentals down." As with the previous two examples, the technician won.
** Season 3 Finale finale had Marco Canora (technician) vs Marc Forgione (performer). For once the performer won.
22nd Oct '17 7:08:43 PM karstovich2
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Hence the basic concept for ''Ryouri no Tetsujin'' ("Ironmen of Cooking"), better known as ''Iron Chef''. The classic format is this: The challenger would select which of the iron chefs they wanted to compete against, the theme ingredient is announced, the challenger and the Iron Chef are given one hour to create a full meal -- between three and five courses, usually, ''all'' of which have to use the theme ingredient in some way. A panel of tasters then judge and rate the dishes served, and the points they give are tallied up at the end to decide "whose cuisine reigns supreme."

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Hence the basic concept for ''Ryouri ''Ryōri no Tetsujin'' ("Ironmen of Cooking"), better known as ''Iron Chef''. The classic format is this: The challenger would select which of the iron chefs they wanted to compete against, the theme ingredient is announced, the challenger and the Iron Chef are given one hour to create a full meal -- between three and five courses, usually, ''all'' of which have to use the theme ingredient in some way. A panel of tasters then judge and rate the dishes served, and the points they give are tallied up at the end to decide "whose cuisine reigns supreme."
22nd Oct '17 4:56:03 PM karstovich2
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8th Oct '17 10:51:54 AM karstovich2
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* ItMakesSenseInContext: Some of the unusual sayings on how to properly enjoy the day's theme ingredient, including such jewels as "Go for the tail of the potato" and "Quail is the virgin; duck is the mature woman."[[note]]Meaning that quail and duck, both being game birds, are similar, but duck requires a more complex/mature approach, while quail is more forgiving of newbie mistakes and simpler treatment.[[/note]]

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* ItMakesSenseInContext: Some of the unusual sayings on how to properly enjoy the day's theme ingredient, including such jewels as "Go for the tail of the potato" potato"[[note]]Meaning that the bottom part of the potato--the part that faced downwards into the soil and consequently has fewer dimples--has more good starch and therefore tastes better than the "head"[[/note]] and "Quail is the virgin; duck is the mature woman."[[note]]Meaning that quail and duck, both being game birds, are similar, but duck requires a more complex/mature approach, while quail is more forgiving of newbie mistakes and simpler treatment.[[/note]]
7th Oct '17 2:47:00 PM karstovich2
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* ArrogantKungFuGuy: A lot of the challengers come off as the culinary equivalent of this, especially the Japanese traditionalists (and most especially Western Japanese/Kansai traditionalists) who keep trying to "take out" Michiba or Morimoto for their progressive stances. They ooze over-seriousness derived from their belief that their years of training in ancient ways could not possibly be bested by new techniques and combinations invented yesterday. Tadamichi Ohta stands out. Oddly enough, Toshiro Kandagawa, despite being a Kansai traditionalist who tried to "take out" Michiba and Morimoto (indeed, the most prominent of them) doesn't come off this way; his lively personality, his habit of teasing his opponents, and the obvious fun he has in executing his unrivaled technical skills (see: his creation of a lotus-root belt and his wave-cutting of konnyaku in Battle Lotus Root against Sakai), take the edge off his sense of superiority, making his smugness amusing rather than grating.

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* ArrogantKungFuGuy: A lot of the challengers come off as the culinary equivalent of this, especially the Japanese traditionalists (and most especially Western Japanese/Kansai traditionalists) who keep trying to "take out" Michiba or Morimoto for their progressive stances. They ooze over-seriousness derived from their belief that their years of training in ancient ways could not possibly be bested by new techniques and combinations invented yesterday. Tadamichi Ohta stands out.
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Oddly enough, Toshiro Kandagawa, despite being a Kansai traditionalist who tried to "take out" Michiba and Morimoto (indeed, the most prominent of them) doesn't come off this way; his lively personality, his habit of teasing his opponents, and the obvious fun he has in executing his unrivaled technical skills (see: his creation of a lotus-root belt and his wave-cutting of konnyaku in Battle Lotus Root against Sakai), take the edge off his sense of superiority, making his smugness amusing rather than grating.grating. (In other words, when watching Kandagawa, you kind of snort and say "Wow, what an asshole," while with Ohta and some of the others there's no snort.)
7th Oct '17 2:42:25 PM karstovich2
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* ArrogantKungFuGuy: A lot of the challengers come off as the culinary equivalent of this, especially the Japanese traditionalists (and most especially Western Japanese/Kansai traditionalists) who keep trying to "take out" Michiba or Morimoto for their progressive stances. They ooze over-seriousness derived from their belief that their years of training in ancient ways could not possibly be bested by new techniques and combinations invented yesterday. Tadamichi Ohta stands out. Oddly enough, Toshiro Kandagawa, despite being a Kansai traditionalist who tried to "take out" Michiba and Morimoto (indeed, the most prominent of them) doesn't come off this way; his lively personality, his habit of teasing his opponents, and the obvious fun he has in executing his unrivaled technical skills (see: his creation of a lotus-root belt and his wave-cutting of konnyaku in Battle Lotus Root against Sakai), take the edge off his sense of superiority.

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* ArrogantKungFuGuy: A lot of the challengers come off as the culinary equivalent of this, especially the Japanese traditionalists (and most especially Western Japanese/Kansai traditionalists) who keep trying to "take out" Michiba or Morimoto for their progressive stances. They ooze over-seriousness derived from their belief that their years of training in ancient ways could not possibly be bested by new techniques and combinations invented yesterday. Tadamichi Ohta stands out. Oddly enough, Toshiro Kandagawa, despite being a Kansai traditionalist who tried to "take out" Michiba and Morimoto (indeed, the most prominent of them) doesn't come off this way; his lively personality, his habit of teasing his opponents, and the obvious fun he has in executing his unrivaled technical skills (see: his creation of a lotus-root belt and his wave-cutting of konnyaku in Battle Lotus Root against Sakai), take the edge off his sense of superiority.superiority, making his smugness amusing rather than grating.
7th Oct '17 2:41:17 PM karstovich2
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* ArrogantKungFuGuy: A lot of the challengers come off as the culinary equivalent of this, especially the Japanese traditionalists (and most especially Western Japanese/Kansai traditionalists) who keep trying to "take out" Michiba or Morimoto for their progressive stances. Tadamichi Ohta stands out. Oddly enough, Toshiro Kandagawa, despite being a Kansai traditionalist who tried to "take out" Michiba and Morimoto (indeed, the most prominent of them) doesn't come off this way; his rather boisterous and lively personality, combined with his unrivaled technical abilities, take the edge off his sense of superiority.

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* ArrogantKungFuGuy: A lot of the challengers come off as the culinary equivalent of this, especially the Japanese traditionalists (and most especially Western Japanese/Kansai traditionalists) who keep trying to "take out" Michiba or Morimoto for their progressive stances. They ooze over-seriousness derived from their belief that their years of training in ancient ways could not possibly be bested by new techniques and combinations invented yesterday. Tadamichi Ohta stands out. Oddly enough, Toshiro Kandagawa, despite being a Kansai traditionalist who tried to "take out" Michiba and Morimoto (indeed, the most prominent of them) doesn't come off this way; his rather boisterous and lively personality, combined with his habit of teasing his opponents, and the obvious fun he has in executing his unrivaled technical abilities, skills (see: his creation of a lotus-root belt and his wave-cutting of konnyaku in Battle Lotus Root against Sakai), take the edge off his sense of superiority.
7th Oct '17 2:36:34 PM karstovich2
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* ArrogantKungFuGuy: A lot of the challengers come off as the culinary equivalent of this, especially the Japanese traditionalists (and most especially Western Japanese/Kansai traditionalists) who keep trying to "take out" Michiba or Morimoto for their progressive stances. Tadamichi Ohta stands out. Oddly enough, Toshiro Kandagawa, despite being a Kansai traditionalist who tried to "take out" Michiba and Morimoto (indeed, the most prominent of them) doesn't come off this way; his rather boisterous and lively personality, combined with his unrivaled technical abilities, take the edge off his sense of superiority.
29th Sep '17 9:46:45 PM karstovich2
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** Frequent guest Mayuko Takata got it especially bad. Despite being quite young through the series' run, she is actually quite intelligent, being a UsefulNotes/TokyoUniversity grad (for which Fukui, the self-described "regular guy", endlessly teased her). She also showed that she was very knowledgeable about cooking, getting into quite close guessing contests with Hattori and generally demonstrating a discerning palate in her judging comments. Despite all this, it seemed at times that the voice actors tried to make it as hard as possible to pay close enough attention to her actual words to take her seriously.

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** Frequent guest Mayuko Takata got it especially bad. Despite being quite young through the series' run, run (she was only about 23 when she first appeared on the show), she is actually quite intelligent, being a UsefulNotes/TokyoUniversity grad (for which Fukui, the self-described "regular guy", endlessly teased her). She also showed that she was very knowledgeable about cooking, getting into quite close guessing contests with Hattori and generally demonstrating a discerning palate in her judging comments. Despite all this, it seemed at times that the voice actors tried to make it as hard as possible to pay close enough attention to her actual words to take her seriously.
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