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
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
The Chairman & yours truly sans shades