IN­SIDE IRON CHEF

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Si­mon Ma­jum­dar’s with­er­ing as­sess­ments of food cooked by some of the world’s best chefs was a high­light of Iron Chef. While he’s not back in the lat­est ver­sion of the show, Gaunt­let, which be­gan its run last month in the US, Si­mon does let us in on some be­hind-the-scenes details. Have you ever had a chef not fin­ish his dishes in time? It’s real time – I’ve cooked on it as well as judged it. I’ve never seen it [a chef not get food on a plate] hap­pen. Has a chef served you some­thing you re­ally didn’t want to eat? Oh yeah. A few things. There was one chef who was a pretty good chef from Nice, ev­ery dish he made had may­on­naise – it was the weird­est thing, I just got to the point where I was eat­ing so much of this rich may­on­naise that I thought I was go­ing to throw up. His other food was great, though. Which of the Iron Chefs would you like to cook for you? They are all dif­fer­ent, and they are friends, and they all have some­thing about them that is dif­fer­ent. Bobby Flay, even though he is fa­mous, peo­ple don’t re­alise quite how good he is. He’s mag­nif­i­cent. And in­cred­i­bly com­pet­i­tive. When I’ve been in the elevator with Bobby af­ter he’s lost, I never ask... If I would say one that I would like to cook at home for me it would be Alex Guar­naschelli. She’s an ex­traor­di­nar­ily tal­ented chef, in­tel­lec­tu­ally cu­ri­ous and cooks with heart and soul that is hard to repli­cate. It was great when Alex joined as a chef. She of­ten she doesn’t do her­self jus­tice. When she’s on song, she could beat any of the other Iron Chefs. That’s not to sug­gest for a minute that I don’t love the other chefs. Ge­of­frey Zakar­ian, who is prob­a­bly the per­son I am clos­est too, his food, as Michael Sy­mon said when we judged him on the Next Iron Chef, he cooks so well it makes you an­gry.

Si­mon and ac­tor An­thony An­der­son moved from judg­ing to cook­ing with Iron Chefs Bobby Flay and Masa­haru Mo­ri­moto

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