ICA: Flay vs. Tsai
Way back in 2005 there was an Iron Chef battle with the secret ingredient of duck. The battle was between Iron Chef Bobby Flay and former Food Network chef Ming Tsai. Flay of course has become famous from his innovative approach to Southwestern cuisine and Tsai is well known for the Asian fusion he calls East Meets West. The judges for this epic match were Jeffrey Steingarten, Ted Allen and Vishakha Desai.
I bring this up for two reasons. First off, the Network is rebroadcasting this classic battle from the first full season of Iron Chef: America on November 4th at 8:00 PM ET/PT and again on November 5th at 3:00 AM ET/PT. B) Chef Tsai is currently a competitor on the third season of The Next Iron Chef.
Hmm, very curious that they choose to pull this out of the moth balls at this time. They haven’t re-aired any other episodes matching contestants from this year’s NIC, namely Cat Cora vs. Mary Dumont (2007) nor Morimoto vs. Maneet Chauhan from earlier this year. Is FN trying to get viewers used to the sight of Chef Tsai in Kitchen Stadium or is it just a clever ruse to make everyone think that Tsai is the NIC winner when actually it is someone else?
The only thing I can reveal is the winner of Flay vs. Tsai: