Where Did My Favorite Show Go On The Food Network; Iron Chef America
Iron Chef Puck
Iron Chef Morimoto
Iron Chef Flay
Iron Chef Cora
Introduction: What Brought Me to Write About This Show
© 2016 Missy Smith
What are your hobbies or passions? Mine would be writing, of course, and another big one has to be cooking and baking. Among those, I must add my extreme desire to marvel at all kinds of artwork from different artists. I also enjoy discovering distinct styles of music. It seems I enjoy the songwriter station on the Itunes radio the best these days. Maybe because I like the wow factor. When I discover something so unique, I like to say wow! Now that I think about it, wow could be my very favorite word. :)
However, let me concentrate on one particular hobby of mine for this article, and I pick the love for cooking and the enthusiasm I have when I watch a great cooking show on stations like; The Food Network channel. I believe I started watching this channel in the early 2000s, when I had moved back home after my daughter’s father and I decided our eight-year relationship needed to end. Actually, it was he that decided our fate, but that’s a whole other story, and one I would rather leave to the past, unless, of course, I find it an inspiration for one of my poems. No, I don’t want to talk about that stuff today. I want to talk about one of my favorite cooking shows that I have noticed hasn’t been broadcast much for a few years now, and I miss it terribly.
Iron Chef America was probably the first cooking show that ever caught my attention. I already caught the bug for cooking and baking while living away from home. When you have to cook for yourself and a few others, or otherwise, you will not eat, you learn fast. Nevertheless, what I discovered in my journey of learning to cook was that I was sort of a natural at it, and I really enjoyed trying new recipes. I even noticed how bizarre it was that I got excited when chopping vegetables with my chef's knife. At the time of living away from home, I was a pretty busy person; I was employee, cook, and caretaker of my child and my then fiances’ child from a previous marriage, so I never had time to sit down and enjoy the rewards of cable television. When I returned home, I found myself having a little more free time and my mother and I would watch The Food Network. My mother introduced me to the Iron Chef America show, and I was hooked after the first episode I watched.
I started watching this show around 2006, which I believe was the second season. If my memory serves me well, the Iron chefs then were; Masaharu Morimoto, Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, and Cat Cora. I remember Mario being my absolute favorite to watch. This show was electrified with the hustle. The chefs had to be pitted against another chef in the world of cooking; this chef got to pick the iron chef he or she wanted to compete against. After that, the chairman, who, by the way, is actor and martial artist Mark Dacascos, and is also the nephew of the original iron chef Japanese chairman, would next uncover the main ingredient. Each dish the chefs made had to incorporate the main ingredient, this consisted of several different courses such as appetizer, and, of course, the main dish. And so the show was a hit! At least for a few years, but where did it go? Better than that, I bet you are wondering where this show originated? Let's talk about that for a bit.
Iron Chef Batali
Commentator Alton Brown
A Little History On How The Show Started
The history of where the idea for Iron Chef America came from is a simple story. It was conjured up by Japan’s version, which aired on their Fuji television network and originally aired in October 1993. This show promoted popular viewing and continued until September 1999. Although the show ended, it maintained a mainstream viewing audience by broadcasting repeats and occasionally putting on specials. You may still be able to catch some re-runs in Canada and the US, of this popular Japanese version.
Now comes the version through the eyes of the food network. Obviously, Iron Chef America was an adaptation to the Japanese Iron Chef. However, before the food network came up with their American version another network took a stab at their own version of the famous Japanese cooking show simply called, “ Iron Chef USA,” and it was broadcast in 2001. This show did not fair well at all with the viewing audience and only aired two pilot episodes. The Food Network then decided it was their time to take a turn at producing a version of this show. Iron Chef America aired in January 2005, and up until March 2014 still seemed to be one of the Food Networks favorite shows. Then, with no explanation, the show has now gradually disappeared from its series line up. Will it be back? No one knows, but it seems that the network will neither confirm nor deny the shows cancellation status.
Follow this link to watch a short video of the history of Iron Chef America, and also a few fun videos in kitchen stadium
- Iron Chef Video Gallery Videos : Food Network
Watch videos about Iron Chef Video Gallery from Food Network.
Iron Chef Symon
Iron Chef Garces
Iron Chef Forgione
Iron Chef Zakarian
My Description Of A Fun Show That, In My Opinion, Should Still Be On The Air
I thought the show’s overall concept was brilliant and exciting, not only for the television viewing audience, but for the chefs competing; a constant title war in a sense, a competition to win the best of the best. If the iron chef wins, they get the satisfaction of bringing down the competitor that walked in and picked them out particularly to prove they were better. And if the competitor actually wins, well then, they get to stick their chest out proud and say I beat an iron chef.
The one-hour time frame that is put on the chefs is a pressure cooker for everyone. They have to keep up with the ingredients, who are cutting this and mixing that, who on their team is slacking, and then get them back on track. Plating all the food before the time runs out, constantly made me sweat bullets just watching that rat race of activity, and I could tell that the chefs felt the same anxiety at times. The iron chefs didn’t always act under pressure, but there were times they certainly felt they may not make it.
What if the secret ingredient was a type of food that one of the chefs never really worked with much. It could be totally out of their comfort zone to cook with, for example; octopus. Yeah, they had ingredients that I don’t know if I could even eat let alone cook. And dessert, how in the world do you incorporate that type of ingredient into a sweet delectable.
All in all, the show was extremely fun to watch. What I hope is, since they haven’t come out and said that it is gone for good, that we will see it again in the future. After all, there were some great spin off shows from the Iron chef idea like; The Next Iron Chef. That show brought the five iron chefs who I've photoed to go along with this section to kitchen stadium. It would really be a shame that all this talent would be lost to this fun competition show. They still get their title from what I understand, but who wants the title without the deserving factors. Hey, but that’s just my opinion.