ICA Judge Speaks Out

February 21, 2008

Apparently, even though some of the program may be misleading, the competition and judging on Iron Chef America are fair — at least according to frequent ICA judge Ed Levine, speaking out over on Serious Eats.

“While I have always been told that the competing chefs know that the secret ingredient will be chosen from a list of three they have been given beforehand so that they can, yes, rehearse it doesn’t take anything away from how insanely difficult it is to produce five dishes in an hour in that kind of pressured environment. I have judged Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, and Cat Cora in action, and though they clearly know the drill, I can tell you they still sweat bullets and work their asses off because it is, in fact, a real competition and they don’t want to be embarrassed in front of their peers, the judges, the audience in Kitchen Stadium, and the viewers at home.”

Bo’kay. So the “secret” ingredient isn’t exactly secret, the Iron Chef is picked beforehand, and the actual food that the judges taste isn’t all prepared during the frantic hour we see on the program, but they do have to prepare five dishes in an hour, and the judges do judge fairly.

About what we all figured, I’m sure.

What else is left to say, other than maybe “Allez cuisine!“?

Chef in the Box

February 20, 2008

You’ve got to be among the more gullible of viewers if you think there’s much measurable “reality” in “reality TV”, and Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” has always been among the more obviously pre-rigged.
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