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Did the Right Person Win The Next Iron Chef?

Did you guys watch The Next Iron Chef finale last night? [Spoilers ahead] The two final contestants met up at Kitchen Stadium where they had one hour to make six dishes from swordfish — the evening's secret ingredient — at a breakneck speed. Their dishes were then judged by the current Iron Chefs and deliberated on by the rest of the judges. In the end Michael Symon was crowned victor and will be joining Morimoto, Flay, Cora and Batali — where was he anyway? — as the newest Iron Chef.

So what did you think of the episode? Did you agree with the judges? Are you looking forward to Symon's Iron Chef episodes?


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aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I can't complain...
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I am glad Symon won. I like Besh also but Symons personality really fits the iron chef mold. I hope they will get rid of those tacky outfits when the new chef coats are designed. Denim? really? who came up with those in the first place?
veside veside 9 years
Interesting comments--I also had hoped they would kick out Cat Cora and have both Besh & Symon become the new IC's. That said, I am very happy about Symon because I am sure he is a good chef, just as talented as Besh--but he also has the crazy personality that keeps things interesting... kinda like Battali. Flay is mondo talented but slightly robotic at times, Cat Cora is un-inspiring and unconvincing, and Morimoto is extraordinary---what can I say! I love his mysterious, crazy japanese ways.
jackiemt jackiemt 9 years
HA! I was so happy when Symon won!! Hopefully John Besh disappears from the Food Network forever.
mollywog mollywog 9 years
I just love Michael, so I'm really glad that he won!
jacquie jacquie 9 years
I just hope Symon can control that cackle. Whoa.
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
Sorry... I don't watch Iron Chef.
ispyemo ispyemo 9 years
besh was a little too cocky for me. they were both great chefs. i just think symon will do a better job under pressure.
haze1nut haze1nut 9 years
besh!!! aaaaaaaaaah he didn't win?? wtHeckums! i am slack jawed with disbelief, i thought he would've won it. he has personality and style
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 9 years
Besh was robbed! I am so disappointed...i almost cried last night :(
pinky8486 pinky8486 9 years
I think they should have taken both Besh and Symon and get rid of cat cora and bobby flay...they are both jokes. ive been to a few of bobbys restaurants in new york and i have been to all of besh's restaurants in new orleans and i can say that Besh is a far superior chef than bobby flay.
CollegeGirl CollegeGirl 9 years
I'm not sure how I feel. I forgot to watch the finale!
Iwillmarryunick Iwillmarryunick 9 years
I think it's also Fishy, Yum, that his new show is on PBS and there are no new shows for the new season in the works for him.
Amelie074 Amelie074 9 years
I really was kind of hoping that it would be a tie! I think both guys are great cooks and Iron Chef material. Looking forward to seeing Michael do his first challenge. :-)
AthenaKTM AthenaKTM 9 years
I'm so pleased! As a native Clevelander, I'm extremely proud of Michael Symon. I can't wait to watch him on Iron Chef!
Food Food 9 years
iwillmarryunick - Batali and Food Network both denied those reports and say he will still do new Iron Chef episodes. However I thought the whole thing seemed a little fishy with him being gone last night.
Iwillmarryunick Iwillmarryunick 9 years
Batali quit the Food Network when negoatiations over him doing that round the Europe thing with Gwen Paltrow died. That's why that foodie thing will be on PBS. Thus, he quit being an Iron Chef too. Doesn't anyone read?
fragiletearz fragiletearz 9 years
Besh was my pick :(
kothmia kothmia 9 years
I can't wait to see what Symon comes up with in future episodes. While I'm sure that Besh is a great chef, I just don't see him having the personality to pull off being an Iron Chef. Kind of why I don't like Morimoto's episodes (or Cat Cora's to an extent). Iron Chef is as much about personality as it is skill in the kitchen.
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