The 30% Iron Chef

Season 4, Ep 11, Aired 4/14/02
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  • Episode Description
  • Bender attempts to become a chef, and is quickly rejected by the Planet Express crew. He then turns to the chef that inspired him, Elzar, who also rejects him. Bender soon makes friends with some space hobos and, coincidentally, one of them is Helmut Spargel, formerly the world's greatest chef. Helmut takes Bender under his wing and trains him to be a master chef by giving him a secret weapon — a crystal vial containing "the pure essence of flavor". A now confident Bender challenges Elzar to a competition in the televised kitchen coliseum known as the "Iron Cook" show.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Herman

    Mayor Poopenmayer, Professor Ogden Wernstrum, Scruffy, Toronga Morris, Larry, Dwayne, Various

  • Katey Sagal

    Turanga Leela, Various

  • Billy West

    Philip J. Fry, Professor Hubert Farnsworth, Dr. John Zoidberg, Zapp Brannigan, Leo Wong, Various

  • Lauren Tom

    Amy Wong, Inez Wong, Various

  • Tress MacNeille

    Mom, Linda the Newscaster, Various

  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • ggreat episode

    By Blind_Legend, Jun 24, 2008

  • Another one of my favortie episodes!!!!

    By Iverson82094, Feb 19, 2008

  • Bender is determine to become a great chef.

    By mataletea, Feb 03, 2007

  • This is a sweet episode.

    By ian_ralph12345, Jul 04, 2006

  • Bender learns how to cook.

    By kitty_girl_123, Apr 02, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (58)

    • Bender: But the true Zen of flavour is not found in a coliseum. It is found in a small kitchen, with friends. That is why I decline the title of Iron Cook and accept only the lesser title of "Zinc Saucier", which I just made up. Also, it comes with double prize money.

    • Bender: Chairman-san, I came here with one goal: To humiliate Elzar in a large stadium. I believe I've done that. Elzar: No question.

    • Bender: Master Spargle, if you can hear me up there in that ditch where I left you, this is for you.

    • Man: Commemorative turkey basters. Get your commemorative turkey basters. Fry: Yo, hook me up. My turkey is dry and I've tried everything.

    • Hiroki: Let's meet today's celebrity judges: Captain of the Harlem Globetrotters, Ethan Bubblegum Tate. Tate: Konnichiwa, brother! Hiroki: TV anchor-monster, Morbo. Morbo: Greetings, pathetic host. Hiroki: And a woman who ended a thousand-year galactic war with her apple dandies, Martha Stewart's head. Stewart: The secret is fresh pork.

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    Notes (3)

    • By the end of the series, Bender claims to be 30% iron, 40% titanium, and 40% dolemite.

    • Alien code: When watching Iron cook, the title of the show keeps appearing written in both English and in Alien Code #2. As usual, it reads: "Iron Cook."

    • Alien code: After Bender runs away and is walking down the street, you see a sign with Alien Code #1 written on it. When translated it reads: "Used Human Probes."

    Trivia (11)

    • Opening theme promotion: IF ACCIDENTALLY WATCHED, INDUCE VOMITING.

    • Zoidberg's first name is John.

    • The "dark side of cooking", by which Elzar was seduced, includes cilantro, mango, mint chutney and raspberry vinaigrette.

    • Hattie is sitting at the table Elzar is attending when Bender comes in. Her cat is swept off the table by Bender.

    • After Fry and the others decided to use the ship to hide from Bender, they walked toward the door. However, if they wanted to get to the ship, they were heading the wrong way. The ship was behind them.

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    Allusions (16)

    • Tampopo
      The discovery that a master chef lives on Bumbase Alpha, and Bender's learning how to cook from him, allude to a sequence from this 1985 "Japanese Noodle Western," in which the leader of a community of bums is revealed to be Japan's greatest noodle-making master.

    • The opening promotion 'IF ACCIDENTALLY WATCHED...' would seem to be the writers taking a dig at Fox's habit of pre-empting the show on a semi-regular basis for overruns of afternoon sporting events.

    • Spargel is a spoof on the chef of Spago's in Hollywood, Wolfgang Puck, who is from Austria.

    • The misspelling of the word "Judgement" is a reference to Iron Chef where they spelled it the same way.

    • TV Host: Soylent green. A classic ingredient of gourmet cooking.

      The food soylent green is a reference to the 1973 film of the same name, starring Charlton Heston. In the film, it was discovered that the manufactured food known as soylent green was actually made out of people.

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