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"Our ultimate competition is with ourselves. That is what my uncle told me when I would visit him as a young boy... My uncle, the man the world knows as Kaga the Chairman, has decided that, although America is a young country, we now possess the proper palate to host our own Iron Chef competition, an American celebration of the world's high art of cuisine."

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN

Host ("The Chairman") Mark Dacascos
Iron Chefs Bobby Flay
Marc Forgione
Jose Garces
Masaharu Morimoto
Michael Symon
Geoffrey Zakarian
Culinary Commentator Alton Brown
Floor Reporter Kevin Brauch
Creator Keiichi Tanaka (based upon "Ryori no Tetsujin/Iron Chef")
EP Eytan Keller
Stephen Kroopnick
Stu Schreiberg
Packager Triage Entertainment & Fuji TV for Food Network
Origins Kitchen Stadium America, Food Network Studios New York
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Flay vs. Hastings: Battle Sausage

The Challenger: Chef Chris Hastings, a born-and-bred Southern chef who teaches that food should be seasoned with people that you care about deeply. His creations can be sampled at the Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, AL. Today, it's southeast meeting southwest in a battle against the best of the best... Iron Chef Bobby Flay.

Prepare for battle.

Renee Forsberg & Damien Brassel, sous-chefs
Sedesh Boodram & Rob McDaniel, sous-chefs
Southwestern COOKING STYLE Southern

The Theme Ingredient: Varieties of sausage, including chorizo, Merguez, Italian, kielbasa, and andouille.

The Rules: 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 Sausage is ON! Flay starts with some cockles, while Hastings believes that he's been given a gift with this theme ingredient. He's looking for flavors that marry best with the ingredient.

Tonight's Judges...
- Actor Anthony Anderson ("Law & Order")
- Restauranteur/cookbook writer Donatella Arpaia
- Food writer Simon Majumdar ("The Next Iron Chef")



- Hot & Sweet Italian Sausage Filled Crepe
- Chicken Andouille Sausage with Figs
- Polenta with Sausage & Cockles
- Chorizo Empanada
- Merguez with Poached Egg


- Chicken Andouille Ravioli with Sweet Corn Broth
- Southern Bouillabaisse
- Kielbasa Sandwich with Peach Slaw
- Lamb Sausage Crepinette
- Italian Sausage with Rabbit Roulade with a classic Southern succotash and a little peach moonshine

The flavors are varied with the distinct dishes that Flay has put forth. With each course something was surprising, and with each choice came a winner on Flay's dishes. Hastings' dishes varied in texture. Some won, some didn't, some were neat, but some were clunky. He ends up hitting it out of the park with his final dish but will it be enough to save him, or does the Iron Chef mark another one for the home team? Whose cuisine reigns supreme?

The verdict... by one. Sweet. Point....

Taste 25 29
Plating 14 12
Originality 14 11

... 53-52 in favor of Challenger Chris Hastings. Despite having lost the edge in flavor, Hastings' plating and perhaps his bit of the shine gave him the razor-thin edge in this battle. A win is win is a win, and the Alabama boy will take it.

Until next battle, we bid you good eating.

To see this episode in its entirety, go to www.foodnetwork.com/ica.