Marc Forgione

There are all kinds of cool food related anthropological/archaeological discoveries being made these days. This is exciting. Turkey is one of the few domesticated animals that actually originated in North America. Marc Forgione notwithstanding, he won The Next Iron Chef competition by preparing a Thanksgiving dinner with no turkey. He claimed that turkey was not […]

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Virgil on January 7, 2011

I’ve written many posts about food TV and what I like and dislike about various shows. After a few years of being an avid viewer, I see some disturbing trends. Profit above quality (the American way, why should I be surprised?) Contrived judging in competition shows (maybe it has been biased all along, but at […]

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Virgil on November 29, 2010

New Iron Chef Forgione goes up against Chef RJ Cooper of Vidalia Restaurant in Washington, DC. Secret ingredient is bell peppers, an ingredient I am not crazy about, minimal flavor and the colors are garish. One of the judges stated that they are an abomination. I agree. As his first battle, I will be very […]

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Virgil on November 24, 2010

Ignoring for now the fact that the Plymouth “Thanksgiving” in 1621 was almost certainly not the original or first Thanksgiving, let’s discuss turkeys in New England. When Marc Forgione stated that the original Thanksgiving was actually a harvest festival and did not include turkey, I was surprised and didn’t believe it. Bobby Flay demonstrated major […]

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Virgil on November 22, 2010

This is a regular Iron Chef challenge and will decide who the Next Iron Chef will be. No point in going through this challenge in detail, but the winner is the person I predicted it would be, Marc Forgione. A very well deserved victory! Note that I have been correct in my predictions all through […]

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Virgil on November 15, 2010

Things are really coming down to the wire. Tonight the theme is Seduction, certainly something that great food should be able to convey. Four chefs left. Last week they were supposed to have a double elimination, but there were five chefs left. Eliminating two would have left an uneven number, so they had a “tie.” […]

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Virgil on November 8, 2010

Five chefs remain and this is set to be a double elimination. These five have made it to Las Vegas for this week’s challenges. Pastry Mini-Challenge The chefs arrive at Jean-Philippe Chocolates and Pastries – Bellagio kitchen. Jean-Philippe pastry kitchen challenge is “Inspiration.” The chefs must create a wedding pastry using the secret ingredient, chocolate.  […]

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Virgil on November 1, 2010

Hmmm, technical difficulties with both DirecTV and my computer, making me miss some of Next Iron Chef and lose the first draft of my initial commentary. Let’s try this again. The theme of this show is RESPECT. For the mini-challenge, the chefs must make a great dish from potatoes. I was surprised to see yams […]

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Virgil on October 18, 2010

I haven’t had time to comment on The Next Iron Chef: Season 3 yet, but so far it has been great. As weak as this year’s Next Food Network Star’s first few episodes were, this year’s Next Iron Chef has been incredibly good. This week’s short challenge was 30 minutes to make a snack using […]

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