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Does Brown Food Bother You?

Are You Put Off by Brown Food?

On last night's finale of The Next Iron Chef, finalists Marco Canora and Marc Forgione faced off in Kitchen Stadium — and Forgione was ultimately crowned the winner. One of the complaints that judges Donatella Arpaia and Simon Majumdar had about Canora's food was the fact that his roasted fennel soup, shown here, was an unappetizing muddy hue.

I was surprised to hear this remark, since brown is the natural color in so much of what we eat, from mushrooms to lentils and beef. Do you take issue with eating brown food?


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wunami wunami 6 years
I wish there was "depends" as a third poll option. Most of the time, I am fine with brown. Or any other color really. I don't think any particular color is broadly or automatically off-putting for me. The brown in that dish looks not particularly appetizing...but also not bad enough that I would have a problem with it. It also depends on the shape/texture sometimes. Sorry to be crude, but I don't want my food to literally look like crap.
xxstardust xxstardust 6 years
His soup isn't brown, it's beige. Beige is kind of boring ... brown is rich, earthly, deep.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
Oh I agree with Amber. Unnatural colors are much worse. But I guess that wouldn't be a problem for professional cooks, I'm assuming they have more integrity than that.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
Ick. I like green food, as in veggies and fruits. Yummy!!
ticamorena ticamorena 6 years
what, brown like chocolate? or walnuts? or delicious caramelized anything? or toffee? or countless baked goodies? or those yummy coffee drinks? my palette enjoys the full spectrum of colours that food comes in, and i for one love my "browns".
jadenirvana jadenirvana 6 years
Yes, yuck! If I had a religion, it would be color on the plate. I add lavender and orange zest to oatmeal, cherry tomatoes and avocado to brown rice. Nothing depresses me more than beige food.
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
Bacon is my favorite color!
dreamalittledream dreamalittledream 6 years
brownies are brown-yum!
amber512 amber512 6 years
Not at all. What freaks me out is neon-colored food. Anything that you can SEE the food dye chemicals floating in totally bugs me.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
Depends.. if it's close to gray, it's not very appetizing.
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