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Review: Indian Food Made Easy

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 yet.  This time around Indian Food Made Easy.

Last summer I reviewed the other Indian cuisine show on the Cooking Channel, Spice Goddess with Bal Arneson (HERE) and Food Network Star winner Aarti Sequeira’s TV adaptation of her long running web series Aaarti Party (HERE) for the big network.  I was impressed with how each weaved Indian flavors in to more Westerns menus.

Indian Everyday by Anjum AnandAnjum Anand does no such thing on Indian Food Made Easy.  Her recipes are purely Indian.  According to the Cooking Channel web site, “Food writer and chef Anjum Anand is passionate about Indian cooking, and she is on a mission to show exactly how simple it is to cook delicious, healthy Indian food at home.”

Like Spice Goddess this show is another outsourced venture, this time from the BBC.  It falls into exactly what you expect from British cooking shows a pleasant, knowledgeable host, a kitschy style, mediocre cinematography, muted colors but all-and-all a good viewing experience (think everything you’ve seen from Jamie Oliver or Nigella Lawson).

I find that I enjoy watching Anjum Anand a little better than Bal Arneson but not quite as much as Aarti Sequeira.  Like Arneson she is a very successful cookbook author with four books to her credit, including the partner book to the TV series conspicuously entitled Indian Food Made Easy (available at amazon).  I appreciate how Anjum takes the viewer outside of the kitchen and actually instructs them on the various spices used in Indian cuisine by visiting markets and specialty shops.  Again this is another common element of a BBC show.

If you are interested in Indian food but have found it intimidating than this is a good show to walk you through masala mine field.  Indian Food Made Easy airs Sundays at 1pm ET on the Cooking Channel.

ICA: Forgione vs Cantrel – Outcome

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SPOILER ALERT: The following information is the outcome of Forgione vs Cantrel. If you want information on the combatants click HERE. If you are only interested in the outcome read on.

The judges for Battle: Gruyère were Laurent Tourondel, Adam Richman and Nigella Lawson.

Forgione                       Cantrel
Taste: 23                      Taste: 25
Plating: 12                    Plating:  13
Originality: 11               Originality: 13
Total: 46                       Total: 51

If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out my recent interview with the newest Iron Chef, Marc Forgione HERE.

Next time Jose Garces vs. Michael Solomonov.

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ICA: Forgione vs Cantrel

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The holidays are behind us and with them has gone the special battles pitting network stars against one another in clever self-promotion challenges.  Now it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty again.  Entering Kitchen Stadium is Chef Nicholas Cantrel of Bistrot Bagatelle in New York City.  Waiting for him is the newest Iron Chef Marc Forgione.

Nicholas Cantrel Bistrot BagatelleCantrel’s specialty is French cuisine with Mediterranean overtones.  He seamlessly combines simplicity with playful twists and clean flavors a style he undoubtedly developed while growing up in Normandy.  And as is the way in Europe he began working in restaurants at the age of 14, a system that predates culinary schools by a millennium.

Since those early days in Northern France he was compiled a pretty impressive resume.  He spent nine years learning from the great Alain Decasse.  Chef Nicholas also toiled in the kitchens of Daniel Boulud and Geoffrey Zakarian before being named the executive chef at Bobo in New York City.  This past summer he was one of a handful of chefs selected to cook for the James Beard Organization’s summer gala Chefs & Champagne®.  These days his cuisine draws on French technique as its foundation but he will incorporate any style that presents itself.

It will be interesting to see who the judges are since Cantrel’s Bistrot Bagatelle is represented by KB Network News the restaurant PR firm headed by frequent ICA judge Karine Bakhoum.  For a while there had been whispers that Bakhoum was generous whenever adjudicating former client Bobby Flay’s battles.  I never noticed any leniency but like I say there were whispers.

The judges for Battle: Gruyère were Laurent Tourondel, Adam Richman and Nigella Lawson.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out my recent interview with the newest Iron Chef, Marc Forgione HERE.

Click HERE for the outcome.

Next time Jose Garces vs. Michael Solomonov.

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ICA: Forgione vs. Cooper – Outcome

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SPOILER ALERT: The following information is the outcome of Forgione vs. Cooper. If you want information on the combatants click HERE. If you are only interested in the outcome read on.

The judges for Battle: Bell Pepper were Karine Bakhoum, Adam Richman and Nigella Lawson

Forgione                      Cooper
Taste: 28                      Taste: 24
Plating: 12                    Plating:  13
Originality: 14               Originality: 8
Total: 54                      Total: 45

If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out my recent interview with the newest Iron Chef, Marc Forgione HERE.

Next time Jose Garces vs. Mike Lata in Battle: Sparkling Wine.

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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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