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ICA: Morimoto vs. Amoroso

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This week on Iron Chef: America we get to revisit the 2009 battle between Chef Anthony Amoroso from Michael Mina in Las Vegas.  He enters Kitchen Stadium to take on legendary Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto in Battle: Branzino.

Anthony AmorosoIf you aren’t interested in re-watching the rerun read on for the score.  In the meantime here’s an excerpt from an interview with Anthony Amoroso from nj.com:

Amoroso, a Jersey native who is now the executive chef at the Borgata’s SeaBlue in Atlantic City, used a light hand to showcase the fish, opting for simple but elegant preparations, including a crudo with avocado puree and basil gelee (okay, that was a little fancy-schmancy); a tartare with oil-cured black olives atop a candied blood orange; smoked branzino with star anise and cinammon; a trio featuring pickled, sauteed and fried branzino; and a Pernod and fennel-infused pot pie.


The judges for the battle were Mario Rizzotti, Jeffrey Steingarten and Akiko Katayama.  Any way, the challenger won out by a score of 49-47.


ICA: Morimoto vs. Feenie

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The third ICA ever as Iron Chef Morimoto takes on Vancouver’s favorite, Challenger Rob Feenie in this international battle! See who’s cuisine reigns supreme!

From TV.com:

Theme : Crab

Chefs : Iron Chef Morimoto goes up against Vancouver, British Columbia’s Rob Feenie, owner of Lumiere and host of Food Network Canada’s “New Classics with Chef Rob Feenie”

Theme : Crab

Iron Chef Morimoto’s Dishes

Crab consomme gelee with marsh crab Buttermilk crab croquette
Crab fondue with crab naan bread
Black pepper dungeness crab
Crab rice with baked crab miso

Rob Feenie’s Dishes

Duo of crab maki rolls
Sablefish and dungeness crab in tom yam broth
Lump crabmeat ravioli
Roasted veal loin with lump crabmeat Hollandaise
Peekytoe crab pannacott


Barbara Fairchild (Bon Appetit Magazine)
Victoria Riccardi (Author,”Untangling my Chopsticks”)
Akiko Katayama (Japanese culinary journalist)

Iron Chef Morimoto

Taste : 18
Plating : 12
Originality : 9
Total : 39

Rob Feenie

Taste : 19
Plating : 13
Originality : 13
Total : 45

Winner: Rob Feenie

ICA: Morimoto vs. Cole

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Since the Food Network drug out the premiere of the Next Food Network Star 6 to a painful two hours there was no new Iron Chef America Sunday.  Therefore they have dung into the vaults for tonight’s episode.  In 2008 Iron Chef Morimoto took on Tyson Cole in Battle: Ginger.  Here’s the recap from TV.com:

Battle: Ginger

Tyson Cole on WannabeTVchef.comChefs: World Renown Sushi Chef Tyson Cole battles his idol Masaharu Morimoto.

Iron Chef Morimoto’s Dishes
Japanese Sweet Melon with East-Meets-West Caprese Salad
Seared Bonito, Lamb Carpaccio and Seared japanese PIke
Japanese Grouper Cooked in Ginger Water
Duck Meatball Soup
Ginger Congee with Wagyu
Ginger Donuts with Hot Chocolate

Challenger Tyson Cole’s Dishes
Black Snapper Sashimi and Ginger Ale
Wild Black Sea Bass with Galangal Puree and Pickled Peaches
Sugar Cured Hamachi
Grilled Salmon Belly with Sauternes Gelee and Ginger-Infused Fruit
Brown Butter and Ginger Sorbet with Ginger Consomme

Food Writer, Akiko Katayama
Food Author, Jeffrey Steingarten
Food Blogger, Pim

And the Winner was . . .

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Iron Chef Morimoto

Iron Chef Morimoto
Taste: 26
Plating: 11
Originality: 12
Total: 49

Challenger Tyson Cole
Taste: 20
Plating: 14
Originality: 9
Total: 43

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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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2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
2012 Taste Award nominee for best chef (web)
2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
2011 Taste Award Nominee for Little Grill Big Flavor
2011, 12 Member: Council of Media Tastemakers
2011 Judge: 29th Chef's of the Coast Cook-off
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
2011 Cooking Channel Perfect 3 Recipe Finalist
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off
2011 Culinary Hall of Fame Member
2010 Tasty Awards Judge
2010 Judge: Bayou La Batre Gumbo Cook-off
2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award Nominee
2010 Chef2Chef Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2010 Denay's Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2009 2nd Place Bay Area Food Bank Chef Challenge
2008 Tava: Discovery Contest Runner-up


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