Iron Chef Australia – Grant Denyer Is Apparently Doing OK In Host Job
Channel Seven have really been pushing the reality shows this year, and yes I think that is a positive thing. When they announced Iron Chef Australia viewers of the original version immediately were excited but wary, particularly when Grant Denyer was announced as the host.
However it looks like it may be an OK move as a person who has been a the filming thinks he was fine in his role, and it appears from his comments casting of the show is working. This show has the potential to rock.
Well I was at a taping last night and this is what I have to say. Grant Denyer was ok. He doesn’t claim to know anything about food. He’s the announcer and he has Richard Cornish doing the main commentary (who was very good). His role is to ask the questions the viewers would ask, and I thought he did that quite well.
The big news is that the guy who plays Chairman Kaga’s nephew in Iron Chef America (Mark Dacascos) is back as the Chairman for Iron Chef Australia. He plays exactly the same role.
· After a couple of hours of pre-records with the audience, they finally got down to the hour battle. I won’t spoil it all for people, but the Iron Chef was Guy Grossi and the challenger did very well. The secret ingredient was something we as Australians know very well. It was a good choice.
· Grossi was hamming it up big time on and off the camera. He really was a lot of fun. A good choice I think.
· Grossi had an Italian flag on his uniform, leading me to suspect they are calling him Iron Chef Italian. I assume that means Perry will be Asian.
· After the battle the audience could have stayed behind for the judging and verdict but we were advised it could take “another 5 hours at least”. We then all promptly left to go home.
· Kitchen Stadium looks great. Reminiscent of the American one.
· Was very surprised how quiet the battle was. Chefs and soux chefs were working calmly, quietly and methodically. We heard the commentary, but it wasn’t exactly booming.
· A couple of interesting differences. The judges said something small to camera each (which we didn’t hear) but that was all. No commentating on the action like they do on the Japanese version.
· There was no floor reporter like there was on both the Japanese and American versions. Grant Denyer did a little interviewing from the floor but Cornish had to rely completely on his monitors (and shouting down to the kitchens) to get his information.
· The soux chefs on both sides got announced and brought in like the challengers. This was an interesting addition.
All in all, I think the format works in Australia and that it will be hugely popular. I did think, though, that the taping was fairly dull. It was disappointing we couldn’t be there for all of it. Being there for the pre-records and the bits before the battle wasn’t that interesting and the battle itself was so calm it was a bit unexciting (although it smelt wonderful).
I am starting to get excited about Iron Chef Australia now and it is rumoured to be starting next month.