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Iron Chef Australia – It Came, We Saw, But It Did Not Conquer

The real star of the night was the truffles, oh and Jose who was  Guillame Brahimi’s sous chef tonight. Get him on Ready, Steady, Cook NOW! He managed to take camera time from the not so shabby Guillami and that is quite a skill.

I like the challenger Dan Hong as well, and he created tension with the dashi custard saga. Would it or wouldn’t it set.

Both of the competitors paid homage to the original iron chef and used plenty of truffles, it was pureed on top of soup, shoved under chicken skin, and sliced over eggs.

The judging:

Dan Hong’s food looked great and the judges mainly agreed.

He cooked:

Sashimi of Tuna with Buddha’s Delight – “raw fish, raw mushroom… this is fantastic” said Simon Thomsen.

Dashi custard with Tempura mushroom – “that was worth the wait, there is custard and there’s custard, and this is custard.” said Simon. “This is perfection,” said Larissa Dubecki.

Fragant mushroom broth “Surf and Turf” – “Another absolute cracker” said Leo Schofield.

Roast mushroom sandwich with lashings of truffle. “Breakie fry up a bankok playboy might have after a big night.” said Larissa. Actually it looked pretty ordinary.

Gulliame Brahmi cooked:

Marron with truffles;

Chicken with tombe of mushroom – oh and truffles in the chicken – I need a defibrilator said Larissa It is beautiful but so rich.

Tortellini of peas with morels sauce – “Ethereal said Simon “Tortellini melts in your mouth.”

Poached Marron – “Pickling of the mushrooms is delicious” said Leo.

Guillame Brahimi won by three points, and it was probably was the egg dish that cost Dan the win.

It will be a surprise if Channel 7 renew the show as the ratings barely reached the million mark. Here is my blog post from last week which outlines what I would do to fix the show. However I suspect that post is now irrelevant.

UPDATE: Iron Chef won’t be renewed as it only rated 768,000 last night. (Source: Mumbrella)


1 Shelsta78 { 11.23.10 at 10:28 pm }

What a shame, this show had potential to show how real chefs work and their skills. If only they had picked peers of the Iron Chef’s who have had equal number of years if not more in the trade. Like why not Tony Billson, The other Frenchie, etc etc. – TV deal politics I suspect. Such a shame that MasterChef snookered them all = there’s some special guests from MC that would have been great in the kitchen stadium.

I agree – this will be the one and only season – shame – Simon Thomsen is good telly too.

2 smauge { 11.24.10 at 7:58 am }

The only way to fix the show is if the all turn Japanese.

3 TMC { 11.24.10 at 8:28 am }


I really think so

4 Culinary Boner { 11.24.10 at 9:41 am }

I hear Denyer’s keen on ‘turning japanese’

5 Shelsta78 { 11.24.10 at 11:05 am }

So true, the original is the best.