I more or less liked Iron Chef America: Battle of the Masters, though I am as yet only caught up on the first two battles and the Making-Of special. Some thoughts:
On the subject, he also lacks Ota’s delivery flair for ripping off the most amazing lists of ingredients without batting an eye: “Fukui-san. In this bowl the Iron Chef is stewing duck meat, peanut oil, wheatgrass, goldfish crackers, live goldfish, lemon juice, salt, pepper, crushed Fritos, beer, gin, twelve pink peppercorns, squid ink, a whole onion, cat’s ass, and cardamom.”
And then we need an exchange like this:
Handsome Man: “I haven’t had cat’s ass since I was a child! My father used to make it all the time!”
Hattori: “That’s about forty-seven thousand dollars worth of cat’s ass he’s got there. It should be really nice, stewed with the Fritos. Very traditional.”
Fukui: “Yes, verrrry luxurious, cat’s ass — that’ll be a real treat for our judges.”
Britney: “I love cardamom. (giggles)”
I understand the great Jeffrey Steingarten was a judge in the later rounds, and I did feel Alton was getting a groove on later in the second battle, so we’ll see. I think there’s a lot of potential here.