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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
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Cora vs. Grieveson: Battle Butter
April 26

The challenger: Chef Koren Grieveson has lived around the world, and after completing a stint in the US Army, she entered the Culinary Institute of America. Soon after, she served the tables of rock's elite. These days, she heads the kitchen at avec in Chicago, where she was recently honored as one of the 10 best chefs in America by Food & Wine Magazine. Tonight, she challenges the grand dame of Kitchen Stadium, the blue Tetsujin Cat Cora.

Ladies.... Prepare for battle.

The Crib Sheet:
Michael Giletto & Lorilynn Bauer, sous chefs
Stephen Dunne & Justin Large, sous-chefs
Greek/Aegean COOKING STYLE Rustic Mediterranean

The Theme Ingredient: Irish, French, English, Goat, and American butter... and lots of it.

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!"

Grieveson is starting to break down her butter, also tomatoes and squash. Meanwhile, the Iron Chef is boiling potatoes and breaking down squash herself. Compound parsley butter being wrapped and chilled. Grieveson is going to reduce orange juice. Lorilynn is working heavy cream, and Michael is mounting another cream off to the side. Grieveson has vegetables stewing... and smoking. No proteins out on her side. Cora is going to use milkfat as she works a tenderloin. Lorilynn is making a brown butter lemon verbena ice cream. Grieveson is also skimming milkfat.

"Fifteen minutes have elapsed."

Cora has butternut rubbed with five-spice. She also has parsley butter chilling, sauce mounting, and an ice cream on tap. Grieveson has a citrus zest cake batter, clarified butter, and a tray of veggies smoking. Cora, meanwhile, has buttermilk in a bowl, mini-marshmallows being dissolved in brown butter, and rounds of puff pastry added to the butternut squash skillets. Grieveson is putting her citrus cakes into the oven, while chopped leaks are being sauteed with... that's right... butter.

Tonight's Judges:
- President of the Jean-Louis Paladin Foundation and expert on butter Clint Arthur
- Restauranteur and President of Blau & Associates Elizabeth Blau
- Fashion designer & TV host Isaac Mizrahi ("The Fashion Show")

Pork tenderloins with a butter heavy cream in the vacuum machine. The Iron Chef is going to poach that in butter. And the ice cream machine is on! Lorilynn also has a little twist on the crispy rice marshmallow treat. Grieveson has sliced through a great deal of vegetables including piquillos, but still, no proteins. "It's coming."

Iron Chef is turning popcorn into crumbs while Lorilynn's caramel is cooling...

"Thirty minutes have elapsed." The Iron Chef has frozen and smashed goat butter and parsley butter, a pork loin is being poached in butter and aromatics, and both a butter ice cream and a brown butter caramel brittle are in the works. Challenger has smoked paprika butter working, a mix of leeks & corn are being sauteed in butter, and brown butter has been added to the saute of smoked pattypan squash, tomato, onion and fennel. Cora has added cornstarch and grapefruit juice to a reduction of shallots and white wine, more butter has been added to a cocnut curry sauce, and brown butter lemon verbena ice cream is now in the blast chiller. Grieveson is working on a vinaigrette of brown butter, shallot, and the reduced orange juice. Butter pound cakes are out of the oven, and she has started to work on diver scallops, dredging them in ground popcorn flour that was mistakenly attributed to the Iron Chef earlier.

Cora is not happy with the vegetable salad that Michael has prepped, while Grieveson has broken out black sea bass. Justin is now working on a butter polenta. Cora is starting to plate her butternut squash tart with buttermilk dressing. Lorilynn is blending her blackberries, Justin is slicing a brioche, Michael is smashing potatoes for a gnocchi, both sides are working on scallops, Cora is plating her butter smash and working on a crumble of sorts.

"Fifteen minutes to go."

Grieveson is frying fish with her fingers. Cora is poaching veggies in brown butter while plating has begun. Grieveson is sauteeing scallops, and veal cutlets are pounded thin and standing by. Cora counters with butter-poached scallops in a skillet and butter-poached and sous vide pork loin in another skillet. Grieveson has boiled potato and cheese in a skillet of smoked paprika butter, polenta butter is in the oven, and butter caramel ice cream is churning.  Veal is being dredged in tomatoes, bread crumbs, and orange zest. Cora is finishing a coconut curry beurre blanc with a salad on top.

Things are starting to come together quickly. Grieveson has plated her first dish, the popcorn-crusted scallop, and her second, the smoked vegetables.

"Five minutes to go."

Cora is plating a butter cake with caramel, while Grieveson is plating aromatics strained and mixed with butter and morels for a match with a seabass

"Three minutes to go." Cora is rescuing her pork loin from the broiler, while the brioche rings on the challengers' side is being filled with that tetilla-cheese mixture. It's a toad-in-the-hole with a hollandaise.

"One minute to go." Time to review. We have on the challengers' side, a veal milanese, a sea bass, a toad in the hole, a cake and ice cream, and a scallop. They're done. Iron Chef has pork tenderloin, the butternut squash tart, scallops, gnocchi, breaded frozen butter, and her dessert with the ice cream, caramel, and cake. And the ouzo's out.

"Five seconds... Three... Two ... One..." And put it down, walk away, Battle Butter is in the books.

Judgment (Grieveson): "My approach was to make it rich without seeming too rich. I wanted flavors to be clean, precise, small enough where you can get a full feel for the butter without being too intrusive."

- Popcorn Crusted Sea Scallop
- Pullet Egg with Brioche
- Pan Roasted Sea Bass with Beurre Monte
- Veal Milanese
- Butter Dessert Tray (salted caramel ice cream with goat's butter pound cake, butter streusel, and brown butter vinaigrette)

Judgment (Cora): "It's endless, the things you can do with butter, and I wanted to get as creative as possible."

- Bread and Butter
- Butternut Squash Tarte Tatin
- Gnocchi with Brown Butter
- Butter Poached Scallops
- Asian Butter Pork Tenderloin
- Butter Dessert Tray (Caramelized Cake, Brown Butter Rice Krispie, Brown Butter Ice Milk and Raspberry Brown Butter Sauce)

No pun intended, but the 11 dishes served today were like BUTTER.... But whose cuisine reigns supreme? The verdict...

Taste 25 26
Plating 14 14
Originality 15 14

... a 54-54 TIE! The challenger said that she was Cora's equal in terms of school of cooking, and the result is borne from that. Judges deadlocked on plating, they decide that Cora's originality was equaled to Grieveson's taste.

Will this rivalry be settled? Only time will tell.

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

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