Sunday, August 01, 2010

Iron Chef: More Signs the Economy Sucks

Oh, brother.
When I first started watching Iron Chef back when it was shot in Japan, I recall the exotic, expensive secret ingredients. Nothing was too expensive or rare.
Now that it's an American production, I've noticed the secret ingredients have started getting a little chintzy. The meats and fish have gotten cheaper and the weird stuff nobody wants to eat like fish bladders and sea urchin testicles are more plentiful.
But last night's challenge took the cake.
And another thing...I realize the Iron Chefs have a home court advantage, but do they always have to win?
Why don't they just call it Iron Bobby Flay or Iron Mario Battali?
And why is there just one female Iron Chef? What, Cat Cora is the only female chef in America?
And another thing, the Food Network is clearly running out of ideas.
The newish cupcake competition is just ridiculous, and so are all the other rip-offs of Top Chef.
And Guy Fieri is just obnoxious with his 80's hair and obvious conceit. So he likes to eat copious amounts of greasy diner food, is that really such a big deal?
Now there's another food network called the Food Channel, owned by the same company.
Do we really need another channel devoted to food?
I know a good new show concept: The Real Housewives of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
It sounds to me a lot more entertaining than a banana challenge.


nonnie9999 said...

i stopped watching iron chef a while ago. it seemed like the iron chefs kept doing the same things over and over again, just substituting the secret ingredient for the last one. bobby flay makes 3 different flavors of shit in squeeze bottles, and morimoto makes sushi. i can't for the life of me stand bobby flay, and when michael symon laughs, i want to smack him in the face with one of his own frying pans. the only thing i like on that show is alton brown.

South Austin Viceroy said...

I can't stand the judge Jeffrey Steingarten. He's self-centered, pompous ass who holds the knive and fork like a bow and arrow.

I liked the original Iron Chef. The original Chairman had some very colorful costumes.

Finally, I cannot stand Bobby Flay. I think his smack downs are just childish. Adding to another Food Network show that's weak is the "Best Thing I Ever Ate." All they show is restaurants in LA, NYC or Miami. Plus, If I am in Miami, I'm not paying $31 for a fucking dish of macaroni and cheese because its got some ham and truffles.

Karen Zipdrive said...

I dislike Bobby Flay, too.
I don't think it's necessary to add chili to every damn dish one makes.
He came to San Antonio to have a taco throw-down at Los Barrios, one of my favorite restaurants.
The owner's daughter kicked his ass so bad, the lady who owned the place pitied him and helped him with his fucked up tortilla making.

Dusty said...

Like Non, I quit watching it a while back too. And I do agree with your total assessment KZ...which is part of the reason I do not even dvr it anymore.

bigsis said...

I thought Cake Boss and the other cake show would be good because I love cake. But after watching them manhandle the sugar slabs of icing like Play Doh, it turns my stomach. No food should be fondled that much.

KarenZipdrive said...

I'm sure every other Virgo in the world shares your disgust.
I also think they manhandle the cakes and icing too much to make the cakes look appetizing. Especially the cake guys with the really hairy arms. Yeecch.

South Austin Viceroy said...

Cake guys with hairy arms

Well, that ruined my electronic laptop device self sexual moment for the week.

Damn. I was really looking forward to a personal momemnt.

I am so sad that moment was destroyed. All over Iron Chef.

nonnie9999 said...

i forgot about jeffrey. what is it with judges on cooking shows? they all eat like pigs. there could be the most magnificent feast put in front of them, and they'll find a way to make it nauseating. they act and eat like pigs, and then they sound like snooty assholes. i'd rather watch little kids eat at mcdonald's.

Karen Zipdrive said...

I haven't noticed that the judges eat like pigs but I have noticed a disproportionate number of effete, effeminate male snobs as judges.
They aren't even in the culinary world, yet they act like they have major food critic credentials.

Distributorcap said...

i was addicted to iron chef - no more, like you said, the secret ingredients got stupid (you thought bananas were bad, how about coffee!)

bobby flay sucks, so does the new guy - symon is ok, i like cat and the mashuhara whatever. but the judges are so bad - how about when they drag in Julie Chen or some other tv loser who knows how to serve slop on big brother

what a shame

oh and cupcake wars - WORST SHOW EVER.

and the news channel is hte Cooking Channel