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Who watches The Food Network?

 
 
Reply Thu 29 Dec, 2011 11:54 pm
Hello! I am new to this forum. I have been reading you all's posts and I have found them very interesting and informative.

Lately I have been watching The Food Network and have been questioning whether the show " The Iron Chef" is real when it comes to judging or if it's fixed. For those of you who are familiar with this show, I would like your opinion/input on this show.

 
Roberta
 
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Reply Fri 30 Dec, 2011 12:40 am
Hi and welcome to a2k.

I sometimes watch the Iron Chef. I have no idea whether the judging is legitimate or fixed. However, the same applies to all food competitions. And there are many.

I CHOOSE to assume that the judging is ok. If I didn't make this choice, it wouldn't watch.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Fri 30 Dec, 2011 12:59 am
@outgoingpeep,
The whole concept behind Iron Chef America is fake.

Ever read the wikipedia page for it?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Chef_America

Quote:
Several of the secrets to how the show is taped were revealed in an episode of Unwrapped entitled "Food Network Unwrapped 2." It was stated that the chefs find out what the secret ingredient is about 15 minutes before the battle begins because the opening sequence is recorded many times. It is only the final taping of this sequence where the words "Allez cuisine!" are said and the battle begins. Moreover, at the end of the one-hour battle, the chefs must still prepare 4 plates of each of their 5 dishes for the judges and the Chairman. This is done during a 45-minute period after the battle ends and before tasting begins. They consider this to be part of the competition, and it is timed, but it is not recorded or shown to the viewers. The plates which the audience sees prepared during the one-hour battle are the plates used to obtain close-up footage of the dish for use in the final episode. Usually, on taping days, two different battles will be taped, one beginning at about 10 a.m. and the second at about 4 p.m. A Food Network crew has about 90 minutes between each show to clean the set and prepare for the second show.

Chefs provide the producers with shopping lists for each of the possible secret ingredients. Consequently, they can surmise what the secret ingredient will be just before it is officially revealed, based on which of their items were purchased.


Ever read Mark Dacascos' bio?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Dacascos

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Beginning in January 2005, Dacascos has portrayed the Chairman on Food Network's television series Iron Chef America. This role was previously played by Takeshi Kaga in the original Japanese Iron Chef, and Dacascos' character is presented as Kaga's nephew, though the actors are not related.
Roberta
 
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Reply Fri 30 Dec, 2011 04:03 am
@Butrflynet,
Staged for tv. Yes. No surprise there. But this info doesn't speak to the judging.
outgoingpeep
 
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Reply Fri 30 Dec, 2011 07:32 am
@Roberta,
Hi and thank you for the welcome! I agree with you, that does NOT talk about the judging at all.
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Ceili
 
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Reply Fri 30 Dec, 2011 08:13 am
Who cares about the timing or the silly japanese family angle? It doesn't make it fake? Chefs take the competition seriously and the show very closely resembles the rules of the culinary Olympics. Chefs are given a time limit to cook and to plate there as well, presentation is as important as the food preparation.
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Fri 30 Dec, 2011 09:52 am
Welcome to A2K outgoingpeep!

My qualm with the show, and the judging in particular, is that the judging seems biased towards the Iron Chefs. When it's close between the ICs and the competitors, the ICs tend to win. When the competitors win, it tends to be because of significant flaws in the ICs' dishes, but usually the point difference tends to be close regardless.
outgoingpeep
 
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Reply Fri 30 Dec, 2011 10:00 am
@InfraBlue,
Thanks for the welcome InfraBlue, I agree with you.
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Doogeedu
 
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Reply Fri 30 Dec, 2011 10:10 am
@Butrflynet,
first butterflynet, wikipedia is fake. yes iron chef is real and you rock for watching food network. try watching diners drive-ins and dives
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Doogeedu
 
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Reply Fri 30 Dec, 2011 10:13 am
@Butrflynet,
also, japanese people and chinese people are big on families:they worship their ancestors. they also call ronald mcdonald uncle mcdonald. that explains that
outgoingpeep
 
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Reply Fri 30 Dec, 2011 10:17 am
@Doogeedu,
What does that have to do with my post??
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