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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
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Symon vs. Yagihashi: Battle Egg
April 1

The Challenger: Chef Takashi Yagihashi. He developed a love of seafood from growing up in a seaside community north of Tokyo. He eventually moved to the US Midwest, where he became a 2003 James Beard award winner. Today, his French-American cuisine with a Japanese flavor can be sampled at Takashi in Chicago. Today, he challenges a culinary hero of his, Iron Chef Michael Symon, in a battle of Chicago vs. Cleveland.

Prepare for battle.

Cyndie Ha & Fred Despres, sous-chefs
Derek Clayton & Cory Barrett, sous-chefs
French American COOKING STYLE Mediterranean

The Theme Ingredient: varieties of egg, from chicken, ostrich, quail, pheasant, and duck.

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 Egg is ON! Symon starts with duck egg yolk for pasta, while Takashi is working on marrow of beef bones. Symon has a pork butt and quail livers.

A bit of history: Cory once worked with Chef Takashi, and IC Symon poached him from Takashi, so this is a bit of a grudge match.

The egg is the most versatile ingredient in the culinary firmament. Whether used in sweet or savory applications, there is nothing that eggs can't do.

Tonight's Judges...
- Food writer Simon Majumdar ("The Next Iron Chef")
- Cookbook author Candice Kumai ("Unique Eats")
- Actor Peter Jacobson ("House, MD")


Takashi:  "Egg is not a very very big character, so I'm focused about making... harmony."

- Onsen Tamago
- Eggs Two Ways with Beef Marrow
- Sea Urchin and Shrimp Chawan Mushi
- Duck Egg Roulade
- Egg Dessert Duo

Symon:  "I wanted to take each different egg that we used and pair it with the protein from each different animal."

- Quail Egg with a Hole in the Middle
- Duck Egg Fettuccine
- Spicy Boudin Blanc with Poached Egg
- Ostrich Surf & Turf
- Arucana Cake

A rich meal on the challenger's side ends perfectly with a sweet, clean, perfect finish. "Michael Symon's going to have to bring it, or else he's going to be in trouble." Symon counters with citrus ice cream and chicken skin, so points for creative. Symon had a genuine fear of not finishing for the first time in his more than 30 battles at KSA. But whose cuisine reigns supreme?

The verdict... by a mere two points...

Taste 25 27
Plating 12 13
Originality 14 13

... 53-51 in favor of Iron Chef Michael Symon. Aesthetics deadlocked, the taste served the home team the win today.

Until next battle, we bid you good eating.

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