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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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Garces vs. Cowan: Battle Kale
April 15

The Challenger: Chef Madison Cowan was born in the UK. He eventually went from being homeless to the Tavern on the Green. His main claim to fame nowadays? Being the first grand champion of the Food Network game show "Chopped", Today, he hopes to chop Iron Chef Jose Garces.

Prepare for battle.

Amanda Freitag & Lance Nitahara, sous-chefs
Michael Fiorello & Dave Conn, sous-chefs
Soul Food COOKING STYLE Latin American

The Theme Ingredient: varieties of kale, including curly, straight, Tuscan, and Kavolo.

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 Kale is ON! Cowan starts with eggs in the immersion circulator, while Garces is pureeing kale for many applications. Interesting to see what we're going to deal with next... here's one: beer in a saucier.

On one side of the world, you have the standard Iron Chef team: one Iron Chef and two of his sous-chefs. On the other, it looks like a team of "Chopped" all-stars, one grand champion, one champion, and one judge. So it looks like we're dealing with Team Chopped vs. Team Iron Chef.

Tonight's Judges...
- Farmer Lee Jones (The Chef's Garden)
- PR expert Karine Bakhoum (KB Network News)
- Chef/restauranteur Laurent Tourondel (defeated IC Flay in Battle Goat Cheese)

Cowan is rushing to get finished, while Garces finishes early. And after a bit of a scare, it looks like Cowan has five dishes to submit for judgment...


Cowan:  "We did go down to the wire, but I was able to actually put my love and my soul on the plate, so I'm satisfied. I wanted to take you on a soul voyage using kale."

- Kale Bubble & Squeak Cake.
- Kale and Corn Chowder
- Fried Chicken & Kale Waffles
- Pickled Kale and BBQ Sirloin
- Kale Lemon Gelato and Streusel

Garces:  "The theme of my battle is showing the versatility of kale."

- Kale Fondue and Kale Grissini.
- Kale Charcuterie Plate
- Kale Carbonara
- Kale Southern Plate
- Kale Souffle and Kale Ice Cream

The kale gets a little hidden in the plates of the challenger, but it ends up acting like a bit of poetry. His creativity is on full display as we go around the world with kale. And it ends up being an exciting story. The Iron Chef's counter is just as versatile and just as creative. This will come down to the fine details. So whose cuisine reigns supreme?

The verdict...

Taste 26 23
Plating 13 13
Originality 14 12

... 53-48 in favor of Challenger Madison Cowan. A victory for the competitive chef is a victory for Team Chopped. His bold flavors and creativity leads him to the W in Kitchen Stadium.

Until next battle, we bid you good eating.

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