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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 Cat Cora
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
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Symon vs. Hearst: Battle Mozzarella
March 6

The Challenger: Chef Emma Hearst, the youngest challenger in Kitchen Stadium history at 24 years, one month. She is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and currently runs the house at Sorella in her native Manhattan. She wants to let the ingredients speak for themselves. They had better, because the man she draws, Iron Chef Michael Symon, is very fluent in cuisine.

Prepare for battle.

The Crib Sheet:
Katie Pickens & Derek Clayton, sous-chefs
Molly Nickerson & John Barker, sous-chefs
Mediterranean COOKING STYLE Northern Italian

The Theme Ingredient: Several varieties of Mozzarella cheese, including curds, fresh, and smoked.

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 Mozzarella is ON! The one thing we do not feature at the altar are the shreds that we would called MAH-zarella, because this is the real deal. Pulled by hand out of the curds of buffalo milk, cooked. The word "mozzarella" comes from the Italian "mozzare", meaning to pull or to cut away.

Tonight's Judges
- Italian culinary specialist Mario Rizzotti (Academia Barilla)
- Restauranteur Donatella Arpaia ("The Next Iron Chef")
- Cooking Channel host David Rocco ("David Rocco's Dolce Vita")

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


Hearst: "Our approach is to keep it as simple as possible, because we just want to make the ingredients dance around the mozzarella."

- Fresh Mozzarella Salad
- Burrata with Marinated Mussels
- Gnocchi with Smoked Mozzarella Cream
- Mozzarella Stuffed Meatball
- Mozzarella Shortcake

Symon: "Mozzarella is such a delicate ingredient, so you really want to showcase it, all the different ways it could be used. I wanted to take you on a little tour of Italy, things that I've seen when I was in those parts. And then a little bit of interpretation of those parts."

- Mozzarella Pinwheel
- Smoked Mozzarella Arancini
- Spaghetti with Uni Vinaigrette
- Fig, Pancetta & Smoked Mozzarella Gratin
- Elvis Sandwich with Mozzarella

So youth vs. age, Northern vs. Southern, and the home team vs. the visitor. It's taste that counts. Whose cuisine reigns supreme?

Taste 27 24
Plating 13 12
Originality 13 12

... 53-48 in favor of Iron Chef Jose Garces. A close match, but the Iron Chef squeezes a sweep in the three key categories.

Until next battle, we bid you good eating.

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