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10-04-2005, 10:47 PM
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Iron Chef America

Does anyone like this American version of the Japanese classic? I much prefer the comedic melodrama, flair and characters of the original. I also find it hard to believe that for a country of so many people and some of the best chefs in the western hemisphere, ICA could not have found a better Iron Chef than Bobby Flay. Remember when Homer Simpson became a food critic and said to Marge, "I'm sorry Marge, but your cooking has only two moves: shake ... and bake"? I feel the same way about Flay: grill and corn.

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While there are a few things about the Americanized version of Iron Chef that I like, for the most part they faced an uphill battle from the start. Mario Batalli and Bobby Flay just don't cut it as Iron Chefs (sure Bobby had his two appearances on the original Iron Chef), at least they didn't make Emeril one. Morimoto is a pale shadow of his former self (he looks like a sumo wrestler these days), and Cat Cora is an interesting addition to the stable. The only person on the show that makes it watchable is Alton Brown. While he's no Hattori, his Iron Chef meets Good Eats approach gives the show a voice.

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While he's no Hattori
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preach on brothers and sisters. Iron Chef man boobs has not place in the parthenon of Saki, Machiba, etc...

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I've watched some of the original Iron Chef's, and it's always fun. The first version of Iron Chef I ever saw, though, was Will Shatner's hosted version, which was bad, but, since I never saw the original (nor even heard of it at the time), it was unique enough that I was intrigued. I then started checking out the much better original.

I've seen a couple of episodes of the current American one. Didn't interest me much, but I did like that they had Alton Brown as a "commentator". Is he still involved? He's probably the my favourite cooking personality.

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I like the Japanese version better, especially the secret ingredient part.

"Today's secret ingredient........CHIIIIICKENNNNN!!!"

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"Today's secret ingredient........CHIIIIICKENNNNN!!!"


You just can't beat the original..

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The Chairman of the American show - where did they find this clown? Ugh, he's awful! They even introduced him as the nephew of Chairman Kaga, which he is not. If you're going to pretend that the new Chairman is related to the old one, then why pick the first oriental guy you can find? Why not someone with - I don't know - some onscreen personality?

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The Chairman of the American show - where did they find this clown? Ugh, he's awful! They even introduced him as the nephew of Chairman Kaga, which he is not. If you're going to pretend that the new Chairman is related to the old one, then why pick the first oriental guy you can find? Why not someone with - I don't know - some onscreen personality?

His name is Mark Dacascos:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001092/

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His name is Mark Dacascos:
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My point exactly. Some random oriental halfbreed with a thoroughly unimpressive body of work and zero screen presence. Even before ICA, I had seen him in an episode of CSI and thought what a tool.

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A Laaaaaa Cuisine!!!

I prefer the japanese by far. Thats the only show that I have ever found dubbing to be tolerable. Plus the stuff that Chen Kenichi, Rokusaburo, Sakai etc. come up with are just amazing.

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I prefer the japanese by far. Thats the only show that I have ever found dubbing to be tolerable.
Ever seen MXC?

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The original version is way better.

Best show on TV.

I laugh so hard I nearly cry sometimes when I watch the Iron Chef.

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Bobby Flay is a hack, nothing more. Morimoto kicked his behind two straight times, they only gave Flay the win the second time as to not embarass the foreign guest and to "give him face" if you will.

And Morimoto was right, standing on a cutting board makes you a douchesack. If not "blasphemous" then at least unsanitary. And *******

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I'd like to see different chefs of course but I'll take what I can get.

I prefer the Original and being a big Anime fan really makes me want to go to Japan someday, the whole culture interests me.

There's just this atmosphere that is generated on the Original that is unmatched.

and What's happened to Morimoto? He's let himself go, seriously when he broke out he looked young and energetic now he looks like he'd be on A&E's Intervention.

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sorry for bumping an old topic I was browing and reading and forgot I was in old topics because I got carried away with reading the posts.

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I don't really care about the production. Just watching them cook is entertainment enough.

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I don't really like either of them.

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The US one isn't bad, although I don't much care for Batali or Flay (I actually really really dislike Bobby Flay). Alton Brown almost singlehandedly saves the show (Good Eats is an awesome show, even when you look at it outside of the realm of purely cooking shows). I haven't seen new episodes of it for a while though.

The Japanese one was way better, although I don't like the "classic" episodes that were before the Morimoto/Sakai/Chen trio. I also, for some strange reason, don't like the fact that they started to dub the chairman. It somehow felt right that he got subtitles and everyone else didn't.

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I stopped watching once they dubbed the Chariman.

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