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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
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 & Fujisankei Communications Inc. for Food Network
Origins Kitchen Stadium America, Food Network Studios New York
Web foodnetwork.com/ica
Airs 10p ET Sun, Food

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Forgione vs. Wong: Halloween Battle Candy
October 23

In this, the first battle of Season 10 under the dome of Kitchen Stadium, the Chairman has dispatched his newest champion, Iron Chef Marc Forgione, to do battle against...

The Challenger: Chef Lee Anne Wong has worked alongside numerous chef luminaries, and she has earned a place among them thanks to her Cooking Channel hit series "Unique Eats". It will be a French on French battle with an All-Hallow's-Eve twist.

Prepare for battle.

Francis Derby & Bradley Stellings, sous-chefs
Christopher Zabita & Barry Frish, sous-chefs
Classic French COOKING STYLE Modern French

The Theme Ingredient: an assortment of Halloween candy, from fun-sized candy bars to caramel cubes to the classic candy corn.

The Rules: Each chef must create a five-course meal, 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 ingredient. The chef that best articulates the theme ingredient 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 Halloween Candy is on in Kitchen Stadium. The candy is basically just sugar, so it's up to the chefs to determine how they're going to manipulate them.

Forgione starts out with some miso paste and celery in a saucepan. Wong counters with a duck liver pate to balance the sweetness of the theme ingredients. Forgione will incorporate a black bass into his spread. It gets hit with a miso-caramel marinade. Both chefs are working duck now, while Wong is making a candy corn concoction. Wong's side are working peanut butter toffees and something with bourbon.

"Fifteen minutes have elapsed." Time to meet...

Tonight's Judges...
- Comic/actress Kathy Griffin ("Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List")
- Restauranteur Donatella Arpaia Stewart (Donatella Pizzeria, Kefi)
- TV host Kelly Ripa ("Live! With Regis & Kelly)

Wong is harvesting more candy innards, this time a mound... of coconut. Meanwhile Forgione is going Asian with a goof on Michiba's Broth of Vigor (IC fans know what I'm talking about). Forgione is also working on candy corn and corn cobs... in a dish with squash. Wong is going to incorporate those peanut crisps into the ayu pickle from earlier.

"Thirty minutes have elapsed." Let's catch up. Forgione has an olive oil cake batter and pitted cherries stuffed with goat cheese. Wong has a candy corn panna cotta, a lamb loin, and a red-wine chocolate mint concoction. Corn nuts and sugar are burning on one of her pans. She also burns her hand. Forgione is countering with a yellowtail kingfish, a second cousin to Japanese hamachi. Wong has coconut shrimp to counter Forgione's shrimp... Spanish red shrimp from Spain.

"Fifteen minutes to go." And Wong is ready to plate. She has a sweet corn cream sauce and couscous with fava bean salad. Iron Chef Forgione has duck breast and olive oil cake cooling. 

Let's look at the spreads for each side with so much time left. Wong has a duck-liver-pop-rock pate on a crostini with strawberries. Forgione has a caramel miso bass and a duck with peanut butter curry sauce. Wong has her second dish, a duck with gastrique of ring candy. Her third, an ayu pickle. She also has a candy corn panna cotta and her shrimp.... and her noodles... and her lamb. Forgione will counter with a dessert, a dashi with bass and bonito, the duck, a rock-candy appetizer, and that sorbet cauldron with that cake...

"Five seconds... three... two... one... " And Battle Halloween Candy is history. Put it down and walk away.


Wong: "We took a lot of the flavors that are the essence of these candies, and we turned into savory dishes."

- Duck Breast with Duck Liver Crostini
- Peanut Crunch Somen Noodles and Fried Ayu
- Coconut & Almond Prawns
- Sesame-Candy Glazed Lamb Loin
- Candy corn and Buttermilk Panna Cotta

Forgione: "I think it was both a trick and a treat."

- Hiramasa with Goat Cheese-stuffed Cherry
- Candy Corn Soup with Spanish Red Shrimp
- "It's Alive!" - Caramel and Miso Black Sea Bass
- Duck Breast with Peanut Butter Cup Curry Sauce
- Sour Candy Sorbet and Olive Oil Cake

Chef Wong's meal introduced a lot of plays on objects, and all of them were accessible and palatable. She impresses the judges with her balance, technique,  and variety of flavors. On the other hand, Forgione has tremendous technique and as always, the pressure to win. But this looks like it's going to be a close one. Who takes it? Whose cuisine reigns supreme? The verdict...

Taste 23 27
Plating 15 12
Originality 13 13

... by one sweet point.... 52-51 in favor of Challenger Lee Anne Wong! Both chefs drew on originality, but in the end, it is the sweet taste of her dishes that gives Lee Anne Wong a sweet taste of victory.

Until next battle, we bid you good eating.

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