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I went to a taping of Iron Chef America *NO SPOILERS* 
Aug. 6, 2010 6:48 am 
Updated: Jan. 4, 2011 5:46 am

I recently went to a charity event where one of the auction items was 2 tickets to a taping of Iron Chef America at the Food Network Studios inside of Chelsea Market in NYC. My wife & I signed confidentiality agreements before we walked onto the set so I can't tell you who the chefs were, who the judges were, what the secret ingredient was or who won until after the episode airs sometime later this year.

What I can tell you is this, Alton Brown is even more amazing in person than he is on television. The man spoke non-stop for one hour straight and he wasn't speaking just to hear himself speak. The only person I can think of who can even compare would be the 1980's version of Robin Williams but he was coked up out of his mind at the time so he really shouldn't count. We were lucky enough to have seats next to Alton and in front of the 2 cooktops so we were able to hear & see a lot of the actual cooking & commentary going on.

And let me tell you, there is a lot of cooking going on in that hour. The hour flies by for the cheftestants and it flies by for the spectator. It really does seem to go as fast as it appears to on the show. Kevin Brauch may look lazy on the screen but that boy is running for the whole time he is there. And let's not forget the crew of people behind the cameras that you never see. All I can say is wow.

After the judging was over, I got to walk out and actually stand in the middle of Kitchen Stadium. I have been on the field during an NFL game. I have played hockey in the Lake Placid Olympic Arena. I have touched the hallowed grounds of Augusta during the Masters. This was just as big a thrill.

I also got my picture taken with the Chairman. (I voted like a fool for him when he was Dancing with the Stars)

Look for my real report in a few months after the episode airs. Then I can tell you about the lamb chop I got to gnaw on during the judging. That's all for now from Swampy's Kitchen. Come back next time when we talk some more about food. (That really narrows it down, doesn't it ?)

Our ticket to Kitchen Stadium
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The Chairman & yours truly sans shades
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Aug. 6, 2010 6:54 am
OMG, how cool!! I love your picture with the Chairman. I would love to meet Alton Brown. I want to ask him about his diet.. he's lost alot of weight. I like Iron Chef. Admittedly I wasn't used to the show and didn't watch it alot until recently. Can you at least tell us when the show will air? I'm glad to hear that it is as authentic in real life as it seems on the air. Thanks for the update, how cool that you got to go there! Where was it filmed??
Aug. 6, 2010 6:55 am
Sorry, duh.. if I had read your blog closer, I would have seen where it was filmed. LOL
Aug. 6, 2010 7:10 am
Hi BellesAZ - they didn't tell us when it would air but it was show # 23 in a 24 show arc. My guess would be sometime in the late fall. I didn't want to wash my hand after shaking hands with Alton but I was in NYC so I kind of had to.
Aug. 6, 2010 7:24 am
Bwahahahah... wash your hands, that's a good one! That was pretty cool that the Chairman posed for pictures. I always laugh when he takes a bit of the apple in the preview of the show. Then he intently stares at the chefs and I swear, if he did that to me, I'd start laughing. I just marvel at what these Chef's prepare though.. OMG, they are SO incredibly gifted and talented. I love Cat Cora, she's always been one of my favorites. The Food Network is usually on most of the time around our house and my husband, luckily finds them as interesting as I do. LOL
Aug. 6, 2010 7:31 am
I kept making the knife swishing through the air sound affect every time he moved his head or moved his arm. The Chairman is a pretty cool guy. He interacted with the spectators a lot.
Mrs. C 
Aug. 6, 2010 8:40 am
Front and center! Wow!Looking forward to the details!
Aug. 6, 2010 8:43 am
good morning Mrs. c - I have them all written up, I just can't publish them until the show airs. I did get some great ideas.
Aug. 6, 2010 8:53 am
Waiting with baited breath! Congratulations to you and your wife. Every time I see Alton that song "Science" pops into my head!
Aug. 6, 2010 9:14 am
He does hace a Thomas Dolby look to him as well as Max Headroom
Aug. 6, 2010 9:28 am
Oh my gosh, what an adventure! I just subscribed to your blog so I can see your comments after the episode airs. What a fun time!!
Aug. 6, 2010 10:36 am
Hey Cindy - I hope I don't drive you off with my mindless drivel before then. Thanks for stopping in.
Aug. 6, 2010 8:01 pm
Oh,man! That would be SO cool!!! I'm turning green!I'venever noticed a live audience before -- just assumed it was a closed set Can't wait to hear more!
Aug. 6, 2010 10:06 pm
Very Cool Doug! That is something you don't do every day. glad you had a good time. I love AB, such a cute nerd.HEE HEE
Aug. 7, 2010 2:15 pm
What a blast to meet AB! We are big Good Eats fans, and enjoy his ICA commentaries too.
Aug. 9, 2010 4:45 am
we were watching last night's battle Good EatNZ and we noticed that we should be visible on Alton's throws to commercial. We hope.
Aug. 9, 2010 4:46 am
Thanks for stopping by Patty Cakes - i like to try and do the unusual when it presents itself. Not always with the greatest results however.
Aug. 9, 2010 4:47 am
AB was simply amazing CookieWeasel - I would do anything he told me to do in the kitchen
Aug. 12, 2010 1:34 pm
OMG!! I'm SOOOOO jealous! Iron Chef America is one of my all-time favorite shows! I agree with you about Alton Brown. Good Eats is a little bit annoying, but Alton is SO intelligent and I love the way he explains recipes scientifically. I've learned TONS from watching him!
Aug. 14, 2010 7:42 pm
Hey Keri - it was really cool. Meeting AB & standing on the floor of kitchen stadium - 2 definite highlights. Can't wait until I can write about it for real.
Beth R 
Sep. 5, 2010 10:51 am
What a thrill that must have been ! I LOVE Iron Chef and have food network on in the background most of the time. I am subscribing to your blog so I dont miss your update. P.S. I also voted for the chairman during DWTS, he was actually very good, with a very nice tush :) ooops ! did I just say that?
Sep. 8, 2010 5:08 am
Thanks Beth R - I will try not disappoint once the episode airs. Now which Food Network Star would you like to see next on DWTS ?
Dec. 30, 2010 1:31 pm
WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!! Have I missed the "reveal"? WAY COOL!!! That would BE the ULTIMATE for me!!! I will live vicariously through you now when you post about the experience----lol
Jan. 4, 2011 5:46 am
No you haven't missed it - the episode has yet to air
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My mother decided early on that her sons would never have to rely on someone to feed them so we all learned to cook at an early age. I really started to branch out when I moved out west to Denver, SF & Dallas. Combine that with extended business travel to Louisiana & my growing love of spices and you get a real mix of flavors.
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I love to experiment with variations of dishes I try around the country. My biggest success is here on allrecipes where I had 2 recipes published in the same cookbook - Southwestern Turkey Soup & Curried Carrot Soup. I think my corn muffins are a great starting point and my alligator chili has become a much requested Super Bowl favorite.
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