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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: Mario Batali, Cat Cora, Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto, Michael Symon
Culinary Commentator: Alton Brown
Kitchen Reporter: Kevin Brauch
Creator: Keiichi Tanaka (based upon "Ryori no Tetsujin/Iron Chef")
EP: Eytan Keller, Stephen Kroopnick, Stu Schreiberg
Origin: Kitchen Stadium America, Food Network Studios, New York City
Packager: Triage Entertainment and Fuji TV for Food Network
Airs: Sundays at 10p ET on Food Network


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Flay vs. Freitag: Battle King Crab
February 22

The challenger: Amanda Freitag, who was encouraged by her home-ec teacher to enter the culinary field. She started as a bus-girl, and upon graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, she interned at various eateries in the New York area before being called to head up the kitchen at the Harrison in New York's Greenwich Village. The chef will draw knives against her fellow New Yorker... Iron Chef Bobby Flay.

Prepare for battle.

The Crib Sheet:
Peter Hansen & Tara Keeler, sous chefs
Justin Ernsberger & Ariane Duarte, sous chefs
Southwestern COOKING STYLE Contemporary American

The Theme Ingredient: Alaskan king crab.

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 his or her 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 King Crab is on! Interesting thing about the crabs here as they have six legs instead of eight. Both sides start by separating the legs. The challenger is also working on veal and Yukon Gold potatoes, while Flay is working on some red pepper, chorizo sausage, and his own garlic paste.

Another interesting story... An original sous-chef has had to bow out for Freitag, so Justin is in... but the thing about Justin... he's allergic to crab. Over time... he took his gloves off. Really?

"Fifteen minutes have elapsed."

The Iron Chef has cracked crab, while filleting Alaskan salmon and making gravy. The challenger has been breaking down veal for stuffed chops while a pasta dough continues to mix. Over the break, Flay has been prepping ginger, while Freitag has been pouring maple syrup on Canadian bacon (which is more of a loin than a belly and thus is leaner than American bacon) and adding lemon-lime juice into an avocado mixture.

Tonight's Judges:
- TV host/anchor Maggie Rodriguez ("The Early Show")
- Restaurateur/NFL commentator Keyshawn Johnson (ESPN)
- Culinary author Domenica Catelli ("Mama-licious")

And Freitag is working some chilies, because, and now I'm quoting here, "If you're going to challenge Bobby Flay, you gotta have chilies, right?"

"Thirty minutes have elapsed."

Flay has been working with both coconuts and coconut milk. He's also working on chili oil and crab cakes. Freitag is countering with pasta, stuffed veal, and fennel. Flay is also hollowing out cucumbers and cooking rice in crab broth. Now he shucks oysters and making friends with a crawfish.

Freitag has grabbed crab cookie cutters and is working puff pastry. Meanwhile, plates are coming. And Bobby Flay... has made TWO trips to the pantry, and both times he's forgotten why he was there.

"Fifteen minutes to go." Freitag, who's been playing all battle long, is starting to get her serious face on as she and her team struggle to start a dish all over again late in the battle. Flay, meanwhile, has crab cakes ready with a poach in pinot noir and a seafood gumbo. Freitag has a crab salad with avocado mousse, asparagus, and an emulsion of sorts. Flay also has okra frying, hazelnuts chopping, and crab cakes plating. Meanwhile the challenger is giving her spaghetti a toss and working a clam chowder, while Justin is making more crab to replace a dish... a crab pancake.

An egg poached in pinot noir joins Flay's crab cake. Freitag's pancake's done. On top, Canadian bacon, crab, and a poached egg. Flay also has seafood gumbo with crab rice. Freitag puts her veal chop on top of asparagus with béarnaise. Flay also has fried green tomatoes, while Freitag is topping her spaghetti with toasted panko. Tomato on Flay's side will join a crab salad. Freitag has crab chowder with the cookie. Flay's coconut is serving as a bowl for a soup of sorts. His salmon is now on a plate with a hot vinaigrette.

And Amanda Freitag... is done with the salad, the chowder, the spaghetti, the veal, and the pancake.

"One minute to go." And Bobby Flay is not done yet! He's got the salmon, the fried green tomato, the gumbo, the crabcake, and the wild mushroom curry.

"Five seconds... three... two... one..." Okra down in time. Battle King Crab... done.

Judgment (Freitag): "My inspiration was to do a twist on some old classics, and make them new classics."

- King Crab Salad with Avocado Mousse
- King Crab Chowder
- King Crab and Fresh Spaghetti
- King Crab with Green Eggs and Ham
- King-Crab-Stuffed Veal Chop

Judgment (Flay): "This is one of the best ingredients ever, and I just tried to show off its beauty in its simplest form."

- King Crab and Salmon
- King Crab and Fried Green Tomato Salad
- King Crab Cake with Pinot Noir Poached Egg
- King Crab Red Curry
- King Crab Gumbo

But whose cuisine reigns supreme? The verdict...

Taste 25 24
Plating 12 12
Originality 13 13

... 50-49 in favor of Iron Chef Bobby Flay. Taste wins this battle by a razor thin margin of one! But props to the challenger as Amanda Freitag has proven herself to be one not to take lightly in the future.

Until next time... we bid you good eating.