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The Next Iron Chef: Redemption (2012) whole season discussion *spoilers*

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by terpfan1980, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. GoHalos

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    I'm not a fan of his either, but I don't think that him saying that necessarily means that he was admitting that he purposefully did it -- it could have been him acknowledging that he mistakenly did it (realized it after the fact).
     
  2. terpfan1980

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    Ding dong, Mehta is, well, done.

    His approach to the "fruit candy" (aka Skittles - the candy, not the forum member here) should have cost him anyway. As the judges seemed to notice, he treated that candy with disdain basically trying to turn it into anything but candy.

    Regardless, I'm happy to see his arrogant self gone. While a little arrogance from a chef can be good thing, he seems to take it to a level that is just irritating.

    I'm happy to see the final four balanced between the two remaining females and two males as well, though I think Alex G. really needs to move beyond "safe" and into "daring" with her food if she wants to win anything here. Her choice of going safe nearly cost her her in tonites episode, and it has nearly done that before. If she keeps that approach going for the remainder of the contest, she could find herself losing to either of the others that are still in the contest.
     
  3. Big Deficit

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    I'll miss his excruciating long winded dish descriptions...

    Bacon and eggs = Eggs whipped lightly with the milk added before then fried gently adding the butter to the pan which is heavy and then the salt and fresh ground pepper just a touch. Smoke cured pork which is sauteed lightly with great care in a pan also heavy then placed on a rack to drip which is stainless steel.
     
  4. Big Deficit

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    BTW, would you want to be in a competition where one of your fellow contestants is close friends with and actually assists one of the 3 judges? Alex has been Jeffery's assistant on every IC challenge he's done.
     
  5. Hot4Bo

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    I am very glad Mehta is gone. Any of the rest to win would be fine with me.
     
  6. sharkster

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    Again, a surprise ending for me. While I no longer care who wins, as the best of the bunch left a week ago, I'm very curious to see how this plays out. I honestly don't think that any of the 4 left are IC material, although Marcel has proven himself to be much more talented than I ever thought he was.

    I like Alex but I don't think she is nearly the best. I think I'd choose Amanda over Alex.

    I don't have any Mehta hate. He is slightly annoying and arrogant, which I find unappealing, but I was hoping that Appelman would be gone instead.
     
  7. MonsterJoe

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    Who are the 4 that are left? I caught a couple episodes yesterday, but I guess they were leading up to the current one.
     
  8. sharkster

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    Alex, Amanda, Marcel, and Appelman
     
  9. PKurmas

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    I'm sure Chef Mehta is a fine chef, but my wife & I agree that he's straight from a Bond movie... or maybe Austin Powers. When he was saying "It is important that I become the Next Iron Chef" I expected him to add "or people will DIE."

    Now he can go back to being the chef in the Virtucon corporate dining room. :)
     
  10. MonsterJoe

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    Awesome - thanks for answering. I realize I could have read back, but I figured I'd bump the thread.

    I've been a fan of Marcel's since his first stint on Top Chef...it would be nice to see him finally win something. :)
     
  11. sharkster

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    I pretty much did NOT like Marcel at first, in his original TC season, but he really has grown on me. In addition to that, in this season of NIC, I am seeing that he is much more talented than I had previously thought.

    I'm still miffed that Faulkner is gone so I cannot decide who I want to root for now. :(
     
  12. secondclaw

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    As much as I didn't like Faulkner's personality, she would have made an awesome Iron Chef. Rooting for Amanda but its likely Marcel or Alex who will win.

     
  13. USAFSSO

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    Glad Mehta is gone. He acted like it was below him to even compete. Yes an arrogant attitude is need at this level, just not that much. Also he has no personality, at least on camera and they need to be able to be likable and put on a show if they are an Iron Chef.

    With that said, Mercel would put on the best show with great food. Alex and Amanda are great Judges. I like Appleman would also be good, just a little reserved compared to Marcel.

    If this thing is rigged in any kind of way, a woman will win. They need a female IC now that Cat Cora is gone.
     
  14. sharkster

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    I figure they have a winner in mind, going in. As it turns out, however, I guess that winner is not the one I thought it was going to be. I figured they had Faulkner winning. I don't just figure that because I wanted her to win, but because she is the best of the bunch and because she really deserved it.

    The more I thought about that episode when she departed, the more I think it was stacked against her. Initially, based on the impression from judging, I expected the two guys (Mehta & App) to be the bottom two. Then, when she was put in the bottom with one of them, I thought 'oh drat (or something like that)...she will pull through'. Then, watching THAT round of judging I still thought that she made it through. So, when she was axed, it was incomprehensible to me that she was chosen.

    While I do like Alex, and always have, I just don't see her as IC material. She's just too damn whiney. Every single thing that is going to happen you get some whine from her like it's going to be the end of the freaking world. There's no whining in Iron Chef!

    So, I'd like to see an Amanda and Marcel shoot out in the end. :)
     
  15. secondclaw

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    Completely agree on Mehta. There is that borderline between confidence and arrogance and I think he was crossing it a bit too much.

    My money's still on Alex. The way she was profiled in the opening of 1st episode made it look like the show was about her, and considering how much she has done for FN (that's subjective I guess), they may think she deserves it. I don't really mind - I think she would do a good job as the IC. When I started watching Chopped, I didn't like her - especially some comments she made about contestants. But it seems like being a contestant on Chopped herself and then competing and loosing in Next Iron Chef gave her a different perspective and mellowed her out a bit.

     
  16. MonsterJoe

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    I don't see her as IC material.

    She's the type of person whose recipe I would seek out for a Thanksgiving side dish. A very respectable endorsement from me - just not IC.

    Marcel, since he's been on TV has pushed his boundaries. He's fearless.

    Alex got excited about the bison (or was it buffalo?).

    Marcel got excited about cow heads...that's IC.
     
  17. dylking

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    Wife and I cheered at Mehta's release.

    I'm also starting to agree with some others' opinions about Alex. She's playing it too safe for Iron Chef material.

    I'm still not into Nate, tho. I think, for now, my money's on Amanda.
     
  18. Dawghows

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    Amazing how completely differently you guys see Amanda and Alex in comparison to how my wife and I view them. We see Alex as cautious, yes. But Amanda seems to be constantly second-guessing herself; before, during, and after every challenge.

    I have no idea which of them is the better chef, of course, never having eaten at either of their restaurants. It's just interesting that we have almost exactly the opposite feelings about the two of them as contestants from what I'm reading here.
     
  19. dylking

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    Well, now that we're down to the final three, I'm still betting it's going to be Amanda. Alex had technique problems that just can't be done at the iron chef level.
     
  20. Dawghows

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    I'll be comfortable with whoever wins out of these final three. Appleman is my least favorite, but he's clearly a great chef and a fierce competitor. Alex and Amanda are both fun to watch.

    I don't think I could have watched Estes, Mendelsohn, Metha, or Vigneron on a regular basis if either of them would have won. I'm sure they're all excellent chefs, of course, or they would never have made it onto the show in the first place. But none of them seemed like personalities I would want to spend time with week in and week out.

    I'd watch any of the remaining three.

    BTW, in looking up how to spell Mendelsohn and Vigneron, I noticed there's a poll on the Next Iron Chef site. Is that going to have any bearing at all on the final result, or is it just an opinion poll plain and simple? (Current standings as of the time of this writing: Alex 52%, Amanda 36%, Nate 12%)
     

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