Morimoto vs. Bogle: Battle Paiche
Justin Bogle, executive chef of Gilt in New York City at
the Palace Hotel. He worked through the ranks from
busboy to a Michelin-double-starred chef at 28. The
Modern American Master will go up against the god of
pan-global Japanese... Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.
Derek Clayton, sous-chef
Naikan "Kang" Kuan, sous-chef
Freshly caught paiche. Already an advantage as Morimoto is almost if not
totally flawless in fish battles.
Each chef must create a five-course
dinner, with each course utilizing the theme ingredient, within 60
minutes. The judges will score the dishes on a 20-point scale: 10 points
taste, 5 points plating and presentation, 5 points creativity and use of
theme ingredient. The chef that best articulates the theme through
their dishes wins.
The battle clock is set at 60 minutes, which will start
when the Chairman, with full heart and empty stomach, utters the words
of his dear uncle.... "Allez cuisine!"
And Battle Paiche is ON! This is a very
unusual fish, very large, most sought after in South America. It doesn't
breathe with gills, and yet it doesn't have lungs. It is also the
world's largest scaled freshwater fish. Some experts believe that this
fish dates back a couple hundred million years.
- Restauranteur/cookbook writer Donatella Arpaia
- Seafood expert Ben Sargent (Cooking Channel's "Hook Line & Dinner")
- PR specialist Karine Bakhoum (KB Network News)
Now Morimoto goes into this battle with
something to prove, having dropped his last battle, Battle Wild Boar, to
fellow Iron Chef Mike Symon.
TASTING & JUDGMENT
the techniques and implement it. I hope it came through."
- Paiche Tiradito with Shiso
- Paiche Escabeche
- Paiche with Corn and Sunflower
- Pumpernickel-Crusted Paiche
- Grilled Paiche in Pork Broth
"So it's a nice fish, but there's not a lot of character in the meat. It
needed a lot of seasoning, so in my preparations, I tried to be playful with
- Paiche Four Ways (Paiche Skin Kimchi, Paiche
Caprese Salad, Paiche with White Miso & Dashi, and Paiche Ceviche)
- Morimoto Paiche Lunch Box (Paiche Pizza and Grilled Fish Bahn Mi Sandwich)
- Spicy Soup with Paiche Tofu
- Paiche Bibimbap
- Fried and Angry Paiche
The flavor of the fish is heightened by
the preparations that Bogle has implemented, but the ingredient overall
proved to be a bit difficult. The skin remained too chewy, but the depth
of technique is on display in full force in the challenger's five. Once
again, Morimoto took nothing and turned it into a rainbow of flavors and
textures, but he too had a bit of issue with the chewiness of the fish.
Some of the spices are a tad overpowering. Will that cost him, or does
he have enough of that X factor in each of his different dishes to turn
the tide? Whose cuisine reigns supreme?
... 60-43 in favor of
Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. The good name of the Iron
Chef is renewed with A PERFECT SCORE! Not just a perfect
score, Morimoto's FIRST perfect 60 doing battle in
Kitchen Stadium America. That. Is a comeback. Goes to
show you that no fish is safe under the knives of
Until next battle, we bid
you good eating.
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