The Next Iron Chef: Episode Three

Last night’s episode of The Next Iron Chef was, once again, an excellent one. There was only one challenge, but two chefs were eliminated. We’re still putting our money on Michael Symon and we suspect that Aaron Sanchez is not long for this competition’s world. Let’s jump right into it, shall we?

•The episode’s sole challenge revolved around resourcefulness. The chefs were required to make two dishes using only an outdoor grill and a cooler full of ingredients that had been picked for them by one of the other chefs. Interestingly, Kaysen, Sanchez, Besh and Morou all seemed to sabotage each other a bit while Cosentino and Symon chose each other ingredients they thought the other would enjoy.
•The one weak spot of this show? The super-cheesy graphics. They look like rejects from Channel Seven News, guys.
•Perhaps unfairly, John Besh continues to kind of annoy us. We really can’t quite articulate why except for the fact that he seems like the only chef who isn’t buddying down with the others. His chicken-fried rabbit did, however, look killer.
•Can we please discuss Michael Symon’s tattoo? There are flames and it says “Live to Cook” and it is either the best or worst thing we’ve ever seen. Maybe both at the same time?
•The way Cosentino pronounces “dandelion” (dandy-lion) is very endearing.
•Our highlight of the night was Morou’s confessional about his dish’s plating (hated by the judges), spoken in a crazy mixture of second and third person. We didn’t manage to transcribe it exactly, but it was along the lines of: “Morou, you shouldn’t have done this and now he might go home.” Unfortunately, he was eliminated shortly thereafter, denying us of a chance to find out if he is the Brian Malarkey of this show.
•We knew that Kaysen was a goner as soon as he complained about how there wasn’t much he could do with frog legs. Dude, that’s the entire point of this show! No one wants to add an Iron Chef who’s definitely going to lose Battle Frog Legs.
•Donatella Arpaia sounds just like Ellen DeGeneres.
•Andrew Knowlton continues to scale new heights of obnoxiousness. Last night, he seemed to have an irrational hatred for Sanchez. When discussing his escargot dish (which the other judges loved), he said “Well, the escargot tasted good, but I credit the farm in Burgundy for that.” Tough talk from a man with the same haircut as Justin Bobby.
•Next week the chefs have to cook on an airplane because the in-flight challenge on Top Chef 3 apparently didn’t air before they filmed The Next Iron Chef.

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