Sunday, November 11, 2007

The Next Iron Chef

**Danger, Here be Spoilers!**

So its finally done.

It came down to Michael Symon and John Besh, and being as impartial as I can be I have to say that at first I was surprised to see Symon make it as far as he did. Looking back there were improvements and he learned from every single one of his experiences. I think it’s that fact that kept him alive till the end.

Besh, what can I say, I like the guy. He’s focused, calm, cool, and collected. He went, in my opinion, above and beyond by giving Morimoto exactly what he asked for, a swordfish desert.

In the end it was Symon who won the battle, and in turn won the title of the New Iron Chef America.

My hats off to all the chefs who competed in the event. It takes a lot to stand in front of a camera and say "This is what I want, I am this good" and be sent away.

I think it’s important to point out some of the things the judges said during the final episode. There were comments made about John Beshs focus and his ability to maintain the same standard throughout the competition. Being as though consistency is a huge fundamental skill required of chefs of that caliber you have to give credit to the man for that.

I have to be honest here, in my heart I was pulling for Besh the whole time. It was upsetting to see him lose this thing, but I have a feeling that it wont be the last we hear from Besh in kitchen stadium.... can you say rematch?!

Regardless of the outcome, I might have to tune into a few episodes to see how Symon fairs on his new throne.

All in all we got to see some great chefs push themselves and prepare some interesting and exciting dishes and my hat is off to all of them for providing us with some entertainment worth watching.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for a gracious post. As a Clevelander, I was pulling for Symon, although I think Besh is viewed by many as the man with more technical skill. In the end, though, Symon represented himself well in the kitchen, rose to the challenges in front of him, and won the whole of the competition. He also seems to have a unique personality that will translate on TV.

The Foodist said...


Ill agree with you on the personality aspect. He's got the "flare" of a celebrity chef for sure.

He was shakey at the start of the whole thing, a lot of which I think has to do with getting used to the competition, being in a new kitchen, and getting used to everything about it Im sure.

On the final challenge he really came through, I believe as did Besh, but in the end I would bet money that it was his personality that put him over the top.

TV feeds on loud, flashy personality; and Besh, though personable, just wasnt as talkative.

Thanks for the comment