March 10, 2008

This Month's Poll...

I know you've all been waiting for this moment... I have posted this month's poll: WHO IS THE ULTIMATE IRON CHEF?

For those who know me, they know that I love the Food Network. I especially love the show IRON CHEF AMERICA, hosted by none other than the Food Guru himself, Alton Brown (one of my heroes). If you've never seen the show, here's a quick rundown: ISA is based on its Japanese counterpart, IRON CHEF, in which world-renowned chefs gather at Kitchen Stadium to do culinary battle against one of the reigning Iron Chefs - masters of world cuisine who have proven themselves on the food front lines. At the beginning of each challenge, a secret ingredient is announced, and the chefs then have 60 minutes to create from scratch 4 to 5 original dishes that feature the aforementioned secret ingredient. There are no limits to what these masters can create as long as they get all their dishes plated before the buzzer sounds, and they feature (not just hint at) the secret ingredient. Pretty exciting, right? Well, couple the action with Alton Brown's genius commentating and quick wit, along with some of the industry's best food critics as the judges and a full-on samurai as your host (sword and all...just watch the ISA ads), and you've got one heck of a great show!

So this month's question deals with who you feel is the ULTIMATE Iron Chef. Is it Mario Batali, the Italian Stallion of cooking? Is it Cat Cora, the Bay-Area Beauty with a knack for Mediterranean cuisine? Or is it Bobby Flay, Mr. Grill himself? Could it be Masaharu Morimoto, the Japanese legend? Or perhaps Michael Symon, Ohio Farmboy and Iron Chef newcomer? You decide!

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