The Food Network and I have a love/hate relationship, and the relationship is, of course, one-sided at that. There are quite a few shows that are worthless, both in terms of educational value as well as entertainment. Date Plate? Oi. There are quite a few hosts that I find anywhere from mildly annoying to absolutely unbearable (but I won't name any names). Certainly, there are a few shows that I do love to watch, like Good Eats - who couldn't love such an adorable food nerd?!?! But the good ones are few and far between. Some shows that I used to enjoy now air at ridiculous hours. For some strange reason, I was awake at 3:30 am, and one of my old favorites that I thought had disappeared, Tony Bourdain's A Cook's Tour, was on. Right before it, Jamie Oliver. And some shows have been cancelled - like whatever happened to East Meets West? I loved Ming Tsai, even though his cuisine, fusion aka f*ew*sion, is the exact opposite of anything I like. I hate their programming, and yet, every night, the minute I walk in the door, I turn on food tv (it's already set to channel 55) and leave it on, even if it's one mute. ;)
But one of the shows I loved from the moment it hit the airwaves and am grateful that it still airs every night at 11 pm (if you're in West LA with those trolls, Adelphia) is Iron Chef - the original Japanese version. Nothing can beat Chairman Kaga biting so realistically into that bell pepper at the beginning, the slo-mo replay of mad chef skillz, and of course, the *giggle* Hello Kitty voice over comments from the female guest judges. I can only imagine that if Hello Kitty could speak (if she had a mouth), would sound like one of the female judges - LOL!
Iron Chef has spawned into a whole mini phenomenon, most prominently Iron Chef America. I am still not exactly sure how I feel about the show. Is it at all upsetting that much of the show format stays true to the original, but so much of it is so very different? What happened to the silk pajama chef outfits? How come the challenges are so damn easy, like potato? What's wrong with a battle with...live eel? Who told this new Chairman to wear a shiny purple shirt? And why the heck is Anderson Cooper a judge?!?! Am I obsessing?!?!
*breathe* Okay, I'm calm now. We'll see how season two rolls out.
Iron Chef America also changes the English vocabulary by asking, "How do you Iron Chef?" with a little video and contest. "To Iron Chef - verb. to wear a denim chef's jacket and run around a kitchen like chicken with its head cut off." LOL!
Anyway, I can answer that right here in the food blogging world, we have our own cyber version of Iron Chef, Tomatilla's Paper Chef. Where on planet Earth Owen came up with the term "paper" is a mystery. Owen? Paper? Ah, but it's no matter. Paper Chef is something I love - as if you didn't already know that. :)
So if the original Iron Chef moves to some ridiculous air-time, or *gasp!* gets cancelled, or the new Iron Chef America really lets me down, I have Paper Chef to look forward to every month! :) That's how I Iron Chef!