Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Predictable move by the Food Network

The Food Network has tapped a new iron chef, Cat Cora. It doesn't bother me that she's a woman--although the move reeks of political correctness--but it does bother me that, predictably, the Food Network has picked another established Food Network personality. As with the male iron chefs, the network just picked people who had other shows on it. I guess I can't quibble with Mario, but are Bobby Flay and Masaharu Morimoto really among the best chefs in the country? I'd rather see, for instance, Todd English, who was an iron chef in the earlier version of Iron Chef America that apparently never took off.

By the way, did you notice that in Cat Cora's "victory," the challenger won both "taste" and "plating," but, somehow, Cat Cora got just enough points for "originality" to win the contest by a single point? Hmmmm... Yes, she was so original that she came up with mousaka and a phyllo dumpling--yep, you never see those in Greek restaurants...

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