Iron Chef

The Food Network has been running a great program called Iron Chef America. This is an English-language version of the Japanese television program in which cooking has been elevated (or reduced, depending on your point of view) to a stadium sport. Literally, the competition takes place in Kitchen Stadium, and sometimes it gets a little ugly.

Contestants get one hour to cook a full-course meal using the secret ingredient, and celebrity judges choose the winner based on the taste, originality, and presentation of the dishes. Recent secret ingredients have included squid ink, shark fin, and buffalo.

I know that Food Network executives read my blog regularly, so here is my list of suggestions for secret ingredients for future shows.

  1. Couscous
  2. Lentils
  3. Coconut rind
  4. Eucalyptus oil
  5. Fish head
  6. Crème de Nivea
  7. Eyeball*
  8. Doughnut batter
  9. Spam
  10. Bee extract
There you have it. I'm looking forward to seeing my ideas used, especially the spam.

*Any non-endangered species only.

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