ICA: Flay vs Torres
Another rerun. I guess we won’t get any new ICA’s until after NFNS and Next Iron Chef 3 are done. Too bad as it is still the best food contest on TV by a mile. Why? Because it is the only one that is just about food. Here’s what reality-tv-online.com had to say about Flay vs. Torres:
Tonight was an “Iron Chef America” challenge between Chef Sue Torres and Iron Chef Bobby Flay. The secret ingredient was bananas. The judges were author Mark Bittman (a first time judge on ICA), Isabel Gonzalez (from InStyle magazine), and fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi. Where are Ted Allen and Jeffrey Steingarten? I miss them!
Iron Chef Flay presented five dishes: plantain crusted snapper (which Isaac said was complex and delicious), banana curry (which Isabel felt was too sweet but Mark disagreed), plantain tamale, banana dessert duo (which Isaac felt was too salty), and banana sundae.
Chef Torres also presented five dishes: plantain tacos with tuna (Isabel though the plantain was the perfect receptacle), tacos al pastor (Isaac felt the flavors were delicious but questioned whether the pork was undercooked), plantain gordita, plantain crusted halibut (which Isaac raved was the best dish of the night), and caramelized bananas.
CAUTION: Beyond here there be spoilers.
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Taste: 26 Taste: 23
Plating: 12 Plating: 12
Originality: 14 Originality: 13
Total: 52 Total: 48