The Next Iron Chef

Season 2 Episode 3

Innovation

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 18, 2009 on Food Network
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The chefs are tasked to create a hybrid dish fusing Asian flavor and American sensibilities in an innovation challenge.

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  • 8.5
    The episodes of the Next Iron Chef are getting much better. For episode 3 the contestants finally got out of their studio to travel and cook in some real restaurants in the city of LA. The contestants were split into four groups and were taken to South-East Asian restaurants to recreate Asian dishes in a face-off challenge. Four winners emerged out of this challenge and they received an advantage in the next one. Since Chef Mullen won in the previous episode, he got to pair the challengers and decide the restaurants they would be sent to. He sent Chef Trevino and Farmerie to a Chinese place where they had to make pork dumplings, Chef Crenn and Garces to a Vietnamese place were they made Beef Pho, Chef Freitag and Jehangir Mehta to a Thai place where they made Thai Curry and he went with Chef Appleman to a Korean place where they were asked to make Dolsot Bibimbap (stove hot mixed rice). After this round, Chefs Trevino, Crenn, Freitag and Appleman were given an advantage in the second round.



    The second round was one of the hardest challenges I have seen on the show so far. Each chef had to prepare a completely new dish that was a mixture of the Asian flavors they had tasted in their first test, and American culinary sensibilities. Chef Mullen's Rueben sandwich was adjudged the best while Chef Jehangir Mehta came across as the most imaginative. Judges felt that Chef Jehangir Mehta's bid to distinguish himself from his competitors was brilliant and they thought Chef Mullen's sandwich was a perfect example of east meets west. Chef Jehangir Mehta's presentation was in 'take out' format. He admitted that he was taking a big risk in serving his food in plastic 'take out' containers but he wanted to take the chance.moreless

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