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ICA: Morimoto vs. Bogle

Masaharu Morimoto ICA: Morimoto vs. BogleIron Chef Masaharu Morimoto faces off against Challenger Justin Bogle, Executive Chef at Gilt in New York City. Judges are Donatella Arpaia Stewart, Ben Sargent and Karine Bakhoum.  With Morimoto in the kitchen and Ben Sargent on the judges table it is safe to assume this will be a seafood battle.

Chef Justin Bogle continues to make his mark at GILT as their Executive Chef.  Rooted in the classics, Bogle’s unique approach makes the most of the best ingredients, creating completely new ideas and innovative presentations while still utilizing comforting, familiar Chef Justin Bogle GILTflavors. His primary goal is creating something delicious that people will want to eat, always using the highest-quality, sustainable ingredients.  Before moving to New York Chef Bogle  worked at the Striped Bass where he worked side by side with Chef Christopher Lee in developing one of the most successful restaurants in Philadelphia.

A graduate of The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia PA, Bogle is the youngest chef in New York City to receive Two Stars from the MICHELIN Guide, which he has received for the third year in a row with the recent announcement for the 2012 Guide. (GILT has earned the coveted award for the fourth consecutive year.) In August 2010, Bogle was named a “Rising Star Chef” by Restaurant Hospitality, followed by Zagat honoring him as one of New York City’s “30 Under 30″ Up-and-Coming Chefs to watch in 2011. He also recently appeared on the Martha Stewart Show, showcasing his celebrated “dirt salad.”

So a challenger with a background in seafood is taking on Chef Morimoto (the king of fish battles) with the host of Cooking Channel’s Hook, Line and Dinner sitting on the judges’ table has got to mean a fish battle right?  You got it; Battle: Paiche.

Check below for the outcome.

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Morimoto           Bogle
Taste: 30                Taste: 21
Plating: 15              Plating: 12
Originality: 15         Originality: 10
Total: 60                 Total: 43

ICA: Morimoto vs. Symon

NewICAHeader ICA: Flay/Symon vs. Morimoto/Cora

There are few things better than an Iron Chef on Iron Chef show down.  Tonight a special Iron Chef featured a Christmas showdown with Michael Symon taking on the old master, Masaharu Morimoto in Battle: Alton Brown’s Fruit Cake.  Judges were Candice Kumai, Karl Wente and Donatell Arpaia.

These types of battles are always fun.  There’s no mystery – you know in advance who the competitors are, what the theme is and all that is left is to make some of the best Christmas dinner ever.  Ever.  Let the battle begin.

Check below for the outcome.

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Symon               Morimoto
Taste: 27                Taste: 29
Plating: 13              Plating: 14
Originality: 11        Originality: 13
Total: 51                Total: 56

ICA: Flay/Symon vs. Morimoto/Cora

NewICAHeader ICA: Flay/Symon vs. Garces/Forgione

There are few things better than an Iron Chef on Iron Chef show down.  Tonight on a special Iron Chef was the last year’s Battle: Thanksgiving with Bobby Flay and Michael Symon teaming up to take on the team of Masaharu Morimoto and Cat Cora.

The judges for Battle: Thanksgiving were Tiki Barber, Donatella Arpaia and Lou Diamond Phillips.  As a special treat Ted Allen joins Kevin Brauch as a floor reporter.

Iron Chefs Michael Symon & Bobby Flay’s Dishes

  • Butter-Poached Lobster with Leeks and Puffed Wild Rice
  • Fry Bread Taco with Spice-Crusted Venison
  • Duck 3 Ways
  • Cedar-Planked Heritage Turkey with Ancho Gravy and Cranberries
  • Indian Pudding with Cinnamon and Nutmeg Ice Cream

Iron Chefs Cat Cora & Morimoto’s Dishes

  • Seared Venison Tenderloin on a Salt Brick
  • Asian Lobster Stew
  • Duck Skewers 4 Ways
  • Tandori Turkey
  • Japanese Braised Red Snapper
  • Thanksgiving Rice
  • Walnut Souffle

 

Check below for the outcome.

Flay/Symon                  Morimoto/Cora
Taste: 27                      Taste: 26
Plating: 13                    Plating:  14
Originality: 15              Originality: 14
Total: 55                      Total: 54

ICA: Forgione vs. Wong

NewICAHeader ICA: Flay vs. Staib

There are lots of tricks and treats in this sweet Halloween battle, as Iron Chef Marc Forgione is challenged by Chef Lee Anne Wong. Judges are Kathy Griffin, Donatella Arpaia Stewart (bun clearly still in oven) and Kelly Ripa. Chef Wong was a semi-finalist on “Top Chef” and appears on Cooking Channel’s “Unique Eats.”

How crappy have the last few Sundays been on Food Network?  Obviously scripted taco truck challenges and Halloween candy cook-offs?  Oy vey!  Well your Sundays will stop sucking soon enough when Next Iron Chef 4 begins next week but you don’t have to wait for Kitchen Stadium drama as Iron Chef Forgione faces off against Top Chef veteran Lee Anne Wong in Battle: Halloween Candy.

Lee Anne WongSince she traded her fashion career for the culinary world, Chef Lee Anne Wong, has been bringing her modern-global fusion cuisine to the people. Born and raised in Troy, New York, Lee Anne is a 2nd generation Chinese- American. After graduating from The French Culinary Institute (The FCI), Lee Anne worked for several years at Aquavit, and later served as part the opening staff at Jean Georges Vongrichten’s Chinese venture, restaurant 66.

She has also cooked and staged in critically acclaimed kitchens all over the world.  After returning to The FCI as the Executive Chef of Event Operations, Chef Wong brought her culinary skills to an even wider audience when she appeared as a cheftestant on Season One of Bravo’s Flagship Series “Top Chef”. She returned to the show as a Supervising Culinary Producer on Top Chef, and its spin-off Top Chef Masters. She has also worked as a culinary consultant for movies and tv programs. Chef Wong has used her culinary skills to help further charitable causes, such as Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR), Project By Project, and she sits on the Board of Directors for The Gohan Society.

Donatella and her husband, Dr. Allan Stewart, welcomed a son on Thursday, September 15th. They haven’t announced a name yet but did say their sweetest addition weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces.An impressive resume to be sure but will be enough when she enters Kitchen Stadium?

Check below for the outcome.

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Forgione                      Wong
Taste: 23                      Taste: 27
Plating: 15                    Plating:  12
Originality: 13              Originality: 13
Total: 51                       Total: 52

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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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