Review: Cook Like an Iron Chef with Michael Symon

Cook Like an Iron Chef with Michael Symon

I finally got a little more quality time with the Cooking Channel so I am attempting to review several of the shows I have not seen.  This time around Cook Like an Iron Chef.

I really dig Michael Symon’s cooking.  I enjoyed he and Wayne Harley Brackman together on the old Melting Pot show from Food Network’s adolescent days.  I like his performance on Next Iron Chef and the year he replaced Robert Irvine on Dinner: Impossible but it is on Iron Chef America that I have become a serious Symon fan.

Do you know that Symon has by far the best winning percentage of any established Iron Chef?  He’s good for a win somewhere around 80% of the time.  That’s impressive.  I had the pleasure of interviewing Symon last year and in that interview you get a glimpse of his creative process (HERE) but on Cook Like an Iron Chef you get a full blown look.  From the Cooking Channel web site:

Iron Chef Mike Symon is breaking out of Kitchen Stadium to share his creative process and techniques for turning your favorite secret ingredients into unique, daring and delicious food. Chef Symon arms you with an arsenal of dishes that deliver perfect 10’s for taste, presentation and creativity to help you do battle for the discerning judges at your own kitchen table.

The set is very cool with Iron Chef knives all over the walls and even two sous chefs (what’s that all about and more to the point – where do I apply?).  The stainless steel and heavy metal look of the set matches Symon’s shaved dome and tattooed sleeves perfectly.  The “offal” T-shirt was a nice touch and something that is close to my heart.

Cook Like an Iron Chef is a show for advanced cooks who already know how to use a knife and are familiar with professional lingo.  It is exactly what I look for in a stand-and-stir show.  It airs Thursdays at 10pm ET on the Cooking Channel.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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