We’re a bit ambivalent about the Food Network. On the one hand, Giada De Laurentiis and Alton Brown are way awesome, but on the other hand, Sandra Lee and Rachael Ray are disgracing the world of food pretty much every day. The Food Network exposes lots of people to the wonders of cooking, but may leave them thinking that cooking needs to involve Miracle Whip and tablescapes.
We have no compunctions, however, about Iron Chef America. The show is crazy fun to watch and because we’re a huge food nerd, it makes us yell things at the TV such as “MAKE A PASTRY! MAKE A PASTRY! NO! NO! NOT A FOAM!” We think that it’s only gotten better over its two years and has evolved into a nice approximation of the great Japanese original. Given all this, we’re pretty pumped for Sunday’s premiere of The Next Iron Chef, a competitive program that will attempt to select a new Iron Chef. The contestants include some of the countries best-respected chefs (including two San Franciscans: Traci Des Jardins of Jardiniere and Chris Consentino of Incanto) and Michael Ruhlman and Donatella Arapia (of New York’s Anthos) are among the judges. The Food Network has even tapped blogger Adam Roberts of The Amateur Gourmet to provide online commentary. We’re pretty sure the show is going to be awesome (and a good deal less cheesy than The Next Food Network Star) and, assuming we’re correct about just how enjoyable it will be, we’ll be offering recaps right here on Mondays (well, next week on Tuesday because of Columbus Day, but whatever!). Stay tuned!
The Next Iron Chef [Official Site]