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October 23

"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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Flay/Symon vs. Garces/Forgione: Battle Thanksgiving
November 13

It's another Thanksgiving in Kitchen Stadium, but rather than your usual turkey shoot, it's going to be an all-out knife fight pitting one team of Tetsujin against another. In what could be called Seniors vs. Juniors, Iron Chefs Bobby Flay and Michael Symon are taking their turkey aggressions out on their junior brethren Iron Chefs Jose Garces and Marc Forgione.

The Challengers: Iron Chefs Flay & Symon are undefeated in Thanksgiving battles. Will their streak continue as Forgione faces his first Turkey Day match as an Iron Chef? Luckily, he has the assistance of Jose Garces, certainly no stranger to prepping a side dish here and there that wows the panel.

Prepare for battle.

Clarisa Martino, sous-chef
Michael Fiorello, sous-chef
Southwestern/Mediterranean COOKING STYLE Latin Fusion/Modern French

The Theme Ingredient: everything you need to create the ultimate Thanksgiving dinner: turkeys, greens, breads, potatoes, and the all-important cranberries.

The Rules: Each team must create a five-course meal, with each course utilizing the theme ingredients, 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 team 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 Thanksgiving is on in Kitchen Stadium.

Forgione has already won a Thanksgiving battle in KSA as the finale of "Next Iron Chef III". Symon's breaking down the turkey to keep the breast together, as well as an attempt to smoke the thighs. Both chefs will be working heavily with sweet potatoes. Garces is going to elevate "modern traditional", while Forgione is cooking by feel... using a scale. They're going to smoke bluepoint oysters. Flay's strategy: Mediterranean with an American finish. Symon continues to butcher turkeys, while his teammate is working on a sweet potato gratin. The typical game is going to be played today, but you also have to remember that the judges will have strong expectations for American classics.

And with that, Forgione's making his own marshmallow fluff. And then there's also some sausage. Flay/Symon is making a meat glue for Symon's breasts. Flay has diced chorizo while Symon has vacuum-sealed stuffed turkey breasts. Garces seals pancetta turkey while Forgione has apples and cinnamon on the heat. Their souschef Michael is making a boudin blanc sausage.

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

Tonight's Judges...
- PR specialist Karine Bakhoum (KB Network News)
- Actor Henry Winkler ("Royal Pains", "Children's Hospital")
- Actress Cady Huffman

Bit of trivia: as far as female judges on the ICA panel, Karine and Cady are 1-2.

Symon is cooking his turkey sous-vide... as is Garces. Forgione is taking some duck skin and making a bit of cracker out of it. Garces has lobster as well as what he's calling "turkey orange gelee". Will Clarisa make an ice cream out of her milk-cream-vanilla mixture?

"Thirty minutes have elapsed." Let's catch up. Flay has lobsters in a pot. Symon has turkey, bacon, butter, flour, and turkey stock in a Dutch oven. Clarisa's cream mixture is currently in the blast chiller, not the ice-cream machine. Garces has a pan of onion, white wine, potatoes, and turkey stock on the heat. Forgione is whipping sweet potatoes, while Michael is handling beans of all shapes and sizes.

Garces is turning turkey livers into mousse, while Forgione is making his father's recipe for Thanksgiving dinner. Flay is adding brown sugar into his cranberry sauce. Forgione is making an apple soufflé thanks to some beaten egg whites. Forgione is going to roast some planked lobsters, while the mousse on the left hand side is getting ready to set.

"Fifteen minutes to go."

Flay has cranberry sauce and mashed potatoed with brown butter. Lobster tails are being finished, while eggs are being coddled. Garces/Forgione counters with salted caramel, pancetta turkey, and apple-cinnamon soufflé.

With six minutes to go, Flay/Symon has a salad with egg and pumpkin soup. Garces/Forgione has sweet potato ravioli. Bobby Flay also has a polenta dish with lobster. Clarisa is finished with ice cream. Forgione is serving lobster on its plank. Sweet potato gratin family style is done. Turkey rolls... done. Ravioli... done. Cranberry beans... done. And another turkey roll is done. Garces is adding some salad to the turkey medallions. Berries and apples are still working on the left side. They have dressing and salad, but the dessert is a mystery. Forgione/Garces also has the turkey, the souffle, salad with oysters, sausage, and ravioli. Flay/Symon are done with their dessert, polenta, salad, soup, and turkey with all the dressing. And we're down to...

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


Forgione/Garces: "Our approach was to do a little modern interpretation of the holiday and bring it to a new level."

- Deconstructed Smoked Oyster Stuffing
- Sweet Potato Ravioli
- Turkey & Black Truffle Boudin Blanc
- Thanksgiving Feast - Pancetta-Wrapped Turkey Breast, Turkey Liver Terrine with Turkey Gelee, Cranberry Compote, Raisin Walnut Bread, and Mustard
- "Apple Pie" Souffle

Flay/Symon: "Thanksigving is really all about family. We want the meal to really progress that way."

- Pumpkin Soup
- Green Bean Salad on Poached egg
- Seafood Polenta
- Thanksgiving Feast - Stuffed Turkey Breast, Smoked Turkey Gravy, Goat Cheese Dressing, Cabernet Cranberry Sauce, Roasted Vegetables, and Sweet Potato Gratin
- Apple Blackberry Crisp

Forgione & Garces elevated the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, expanding and enhancing what they like about it with their combined food knowledge. Each of Flay & Symon's dishes had its own identity to contribute to the overall theme. The judges appear to be deadlocked, but there can only be one winning team of Iron Chefs. Who takes it? Modern or traditional? Whose Thanksgiving cuisine reigns supreme? The verdict...

Taste 29 25
Plating 15 14
Originality 15 15

... by one sweet point.... 59-54 in favor of Iron Chefs Bobby Flay and Mike Symon. They were one point shy of perfection, but a win is a win, and both chefs remain unmatched in Thanksgiving matches.

Until next battle, we bid you good eating.

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