What is the criteria to earn the title of "Iron Chef" such as Bobby Flay or Mario Batali?
#75816. Asked by deuceu72. (Feb 13 07 11:10 AM)
In each episode, chefs have one hour to cook a multicourse meal around a theme ingredient that must be present in each dish. Before the actual taping, the chefs are given a short list of possible themes, allowing the producers of the show to get any ingredients that may be needed. The chefs compete to "best express the unique qualities of the theme ingredient." In rare cases, the format changed—angler fish battles were typically 75 minutes in length, and noodle battles had the Iron Chef stop after 50 minutes of cooking, only to resume after the challenger's dishes were tasted so that the noodles could be served right after cooking.|
Featured ingredients tend toward the exotic and expensive. Many theme ingredients reflect the Japanese origin of the show—river eel, tofu, udon—though ingredients more familiar in the West, such as bell peppers, summer corn, peaches, are spotlighted as well. Initially, a minimum of three dishes were to be prepared, although some challengers have finished only a single dish; four is the typical number. The highest number of dishes prepared for a battle was eight, first set by challenger Kenji Kaji against Iron Chef Michiba in Battle Umeboshi. Five (later six) servings of each dish are prepared: one each for the Chairman and judges, and one for photography and presentation.
Each chef is also given two assistants, who are supposedly students of the Gourmet Academy (in reality, they are students of Hattori Nutrition College). If the challenger does not speak Japanese, students who can speak in the challenger's native language are sometimes provided. Most notably, Ron Siegel struggled with his assistants, who did not speak English.
I know the format of the show, and I have seen the challenger win, but does not become an "Iron Chef".......How do you get the title "Iron Chef"??|
There are only a select few "Iron Chefs". These are the mainstay chefs that continuously appear on the series. Any challengers who participate on the show cannot become Iron Chefs, but instead challenge them.|
Iron Chefs from the original series include:
Iron Chef Chinese Chen Kenichi
Iron Chef French (I) Yutaka Ishinabe
Iron Chef French (II) Hiroyuki Sakai
Iron Chef Italian Masahiko Kobe
Iron Chef Japanese (I) Rokusaburo Michiba
Iron Chef Japanese (II) Koumei Nakamura
Iron Chef Japanese (III) Masaharu Morimoto
Iron Chefs from the series "Iron Chef America":
Mario Batali, an Italian cuisine specialist
Cat Cora, a Greek and Aegean cuisine specialist, also the first female Iron Chef
Bobby Flay, a Southwestern cuisine specialist and former Iron Chef challenger
Masaharu Morimoto, a neo-Japanese cuisine chef, and the third Iron Chef Japanese from the original series
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