Anita Lo: Iron Chef America Is a ‘Walk in the Park’

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Today, The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog catches up with Anita Lo on the heels of her Luckyrice kickoff dinner earlier this week. (And on the same day that she’s the featured chef on the Food Chain!) Lo discusses her time at Columbia (“I hated it”), her culinary philosophy ("I deal with identity”), and, funnily, how appearing on Iron Chef America differs from competing on Top Chef Masters: The former, she says, was a “walk in the park” compared to the latter. “It’s just one competition and you can go home after it,” she says of Iron Chef. And while we’re on the subject, it’s also always seemed to us that there’s more TV trickery involved in Iron Chef America, too. We’re not the first people to notice that the ICA chefs only cook and plate one serving of each dish during the competition, and then magically have four plates ready when it’s judging time, right? It just doesn’t add up, Food Network! [Speakeasy/WSJ]