November 22nd, 2010
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As of last night, there's a new Iron Chef in town - or better yet, in Kitchen Stadium. And being the new kid on the block can be scary, even if you did beat out nine other chefs while wielding sharp knives.

For those who haven't yet watched the final episode of "The Next Iron Chef," keep reading at your own risk of spoilage. For those who have, an Iron Chef's fears are about to be realized.

...Don't say we didn't warn you.

...Oh, you didn't watch it? Why are you still reading?

...Here we go. Stop now or forever hold your peas. (Har har!)

Five Fears I Have About Being an Iron Chef

Newly-crowned Iron Chef Marc Forgione is the executive chef of his self-titled restaurant in the TriBeCa neighborhood of New York City – which was recently awarded one star by the 2011 Michelin Guide. He is also the son of cooking legend Larry Forgione, of An American Place restaurant fame.

1. "Facing my father, Larry Forgione, one day in Kitchen Stadium."

2. "Pulling a muscle trying to imitate the Chairman's swift head movements."

3. "Getting into a battle of wits with host Alton Brown."

4. "Having to make chicken liver ice cream with Kitchen Stadium's renowned ice cream machine."

5. "Breaking one of Chef Masaharu Morimoto's plates!"

Marc Forgione

Is there someone you'd like to see in the hot seat? Let us know in the comments below and if we agree, we'll do our best to chase 'em down.

Previously - The newest Iron Chef on 5 People Dead or Alive I Want to Cook For

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  1. John Smith

    I agree with everyone chef Tsai was robbed.
    This is because he left FN for a better gig on
    PBS for more money. This was an opportunity
    for payback . FN found away to get even.
    Chef Tsai has already beaten chef Flay on ICA and
    had nothing to prove to his viewers or judges.The
    newbie chefs and the judges new that Tsai was the
    man to beat and in a different league altogether.
    I also agree with some of the other posters that the
    goal of the show was to replace chef Batali. This is
    why you had an entirely Italian face-off for the final.
    FN has no imagination and has become very predictable.
    The judges starting with Donatella Arpaia need a good
    smack on the side of the head, too salty, too fatty, too sweet,
    this is the extent of her critiquing skills. I love you chef Canora,
    when can ride your pony tail, I miss chef Batali's. Simon Majumdar
    is the co-writer of Dos Hermanos, a food blog in the UK,
    big deal. Why is it that we as Americans need judges from
    the UK for our reality shows. "We don't need no stinking badges,"
    Blazing Saddles. I mean UK judges. Do you see any American
    judges on Uk shows? C'mon we don't have someone with better
    credentials than Simon?? At Least Chef Symon is a Chef, not an
    Iron Chef, Besh should have won, but a chef just the same. He was
    asked to toe the line by FN and make sure Tsai did not win. The only
    thing he could say about Tsai's food was amazing but, your plating
    needs improvment. When chef Tsai had the best food or dish,
    they needed to find something else to criticize. They made very few
    comments about plating when it came to the other chefs.
    I believe that the real Iron Chef is Ming Tsai . He is better than some
    of the current flock of Iron chefs including, Flay which he proved by
    beating him. You have Graces,Cora, Symon, these people should be
    on Hell's Kitchen not on Iron Chef. I think the chefs should have been judged
    on their performance throughout the whole show not just on a single episode.
    I believe that Forgione, Marc not Larry should have been eliminated earlier.
    He clearly made more mistakes than some of the other chefs, but to quote
    Alton Brown, "You survive to cook another day." Why??? He made some major
    rookie mistakes. Unacceptable for a real Iron Chef. Don't get me wrong he
    has some talent and might get there one day . This is not his time, experience
    and maturity come to mind. I think it's admirable that he tries for a home run
    every time out, but baseball has proven that to be impractical and your failure
    rate almost guaranteed. Your best ballplayers hit 300, would you go to a restaurant if they failed seven out of ten times? You would be happier with a chef that triples on every occasion, consistency, with a few home runs mixed in. I'm very disappointed in The FoodNetwork and will not be watching future ICA and Next ICA shows. They have lost touch with their target audience in other words struck out. .

    November 29, 2010 at 6:34 am |
  2. lulam.cooper


    November 23, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  3. Carolina

    I would like to see Gordon Ramsay go against Bobby Flay in Kitchen Stadium.

    November 23, 2010 at 3:13 am |
  4. eporosoff

    Jeffrey Nimer

    November 23, 2010 at 1:40 am |
  5. Rae

    I love how they gave a spoiler alert in the article yet the picture on the front page has him smack dab in the middle. Good thing I already watched it.

    November 23, 2010 at 1:33 am |
  6. bobby

    Im the real iron chef

    November 23, 2010 at 1:18 am |
  7. blanketjackson

    Ming Tsai should have this honor.

    November 22, 2010 at 11:48 pm |
  8. Jing Hu

    Get an Iron Chef that cooks Chinese food and I'll be a fan. Till then...this show sucks.

    November 22, 2010 at 11:13 pm |
  9. Jing Hu

    I miss the JAPANESE IRON CHEF show (Ryori Tetsujin) this show ain't got no Iron Chef Chinese WTF?!

    November 22, 2010 at 11:12 pm |
  10. Ronda

    Iron Chef has got to be the dumbest thing I have ever seen on TV. Only sick bored and insane people watch crap like this...

    November 22, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
    • amayda

      that is not true, I find it very interesting to see what they come up with. Inspires me to be more creative with my cooking.

      November 23, 2010 at 8:48 am |
    • Steven

      Hey Ronda – go heat up your ramen noodles and stop wasting our time with your idiotic posts.

      November 23, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
      • Jerv@SirBid

        I know, right. Her and that Timmy/Tommy Troll would get along just fine.

        November 23, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  11. Peter

    thx for the spoiler alert but the picture kinda gives it away.

    November 22, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  12. Sara

    Kat, the image on the front page of shows who won, invalidating your spoiler alert. Batali isn't pictured, is he out?

    November 22, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Batali has been out for a while – wasn't in Season 8, due to travel conflicts but says he'll be back for Season 9.

      November 23, 2010 at 12:50 am |
      • BigDaddyRhino

        I had read that Batali had a falling out with Scripps and TFN and was no longer going to be an Iron Chef... I certainly hope he returns, he was a BEAST!

        November 23, 2010 at 4:17 am |
  13. Randy Darrah

    I'd like to see Chef Gordon Ramsay do battle in Kitchen Stadium. He could take on all 5 of the Iron Chef's at the same time and wipe the floor with all of them.

    November 22, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  14. Lori

    I was disappointed in the final two....really did not like Canora. I liked Chef Tsai. So the finale was a little off for me. Forgione is forgettable to me. JMO.

    November 22, 2010 at 8:02 pm |
    • RLChef

      I agree, I felt Chef Tsai was the strongest overall. Canora attitude turned me off. Being an Iron Chef isn't just about preparing food but knowing how to present yourself and lose graciously..which I never saw him do. Forgione had a few good nights but for me, was a lack luster chef.

      November 22, 2010 at 9:35 pm |
  15. Juano

    I generally hate "reality shows". This is a good one, however, because it is smart. Of course, how could a show with Alton Brown NOT be smart? Forgione is a hell of a chef. He is innovative and has the mountain oysters to back it up (which I'm sure that he could actually make taste delicious). My adrenaline was going from start to finish last night with this competition. Canora was awesome too- it's a hard competition and you HAVE to execute, which he did under extremely adverse conditions, but just came up short in the eyes of the judges. I'm hooked.

    November 22, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  16. What are you talking about?


    November 22, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  17. Ralph

    I sleep in a drawer

    November 22, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
    • RichardHead

      Not alot of room in the panty drawer.

      November 22, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  18. tha_jakeman

    where u goin jdizzle? u truth and dickhead make these worthless cnn articles wrth reading! now what am i gna do while im supposed to be wrkin all day mchammerpants??? best of luck man,ive went away for 30 days b4too...

    November 22, 2010 at 7:11 pm |
  19. fob

    I didn't watch the final episode, only the second to the last. Kind of surprised he won. Guess I will have to watch the rerun and see why.

    November 22, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  20. Jdizzle McHammerpants from his iPhizzle

    I'd hit it. X)

    I appreciate your thoughts. After much needed sleep and numerous phone calls, tomorrow is the big day. Chippewa Falls, WI is my home for the next thirty days.

    It's embarrassing and liberating at the same time. See you then.

    November 22, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Godspeed. You have our love and best thoughts. Please, please take care of yourself. We're pulling for you.

      November 22, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
    • RichardHead

      I got your six covered while your away.Stay Strong,Brother.

      November 22, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
    • Kellie D

      Wow, never heard of anyone from Chippeaw Falls, WI except for Jack Dawson from the Titanic!

      November 22, 2010 at 7:12 pm |
    • Sir Biddle-Dee-Bobity-Boo

      Stay strong Jdizz, we'll be here when you get back!

      November 22, 2010 at 8:58 pm |
    • Snowbunny

      You have NOTHING to be embarrassed about. Take 1 day at a time! Good luck. :)

      November 23, 2010 at 2:10 pm |
  21. Truth@RichHead

    Sounds good. I am leaving early as well. Stay safe all!

    November 22, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  22. RichardHead@Truth

    Gonna skate on out my friend. You and the lovely wife have a good evening and I will be rooting for The Mile High Club.

    November 22, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  23. Sir Biddle via the train

    A big no thank you here!

    November 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  24. Truth

    Yeah, I think I would take a pass on that ass well...

    November 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
    • RichardHead

      Sad,it's not the same without Jdizz.

      November 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
      • Truth@Sirbiddle, RichHead

        You know, I have been thinking about that all day...The definition of an addiction is typically when using any substance (whether booze, porn, drugs, gambling, food, etc) causes problems in either the areas of career, finances, relationships or the law. Given that our friend is divorced, had some work issues on Friday and has missed time in the past, I have to wonder if this is not what is needed. Not many people "bottom out" early, and if he is getting off the runaway train early, then more power to him. I hope it works for him. Better to learn when young, and avoid future marriage or legal issues, you know..?

        In any event, I wish him the best.

        November 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
      • RichardHead

        I concur,little signs were shown last week as I too had similar problems. He now has his Big Boy Pants on is doing the right thing. He is a fighter and will be back with us shortly.

        November 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  25. RichardHead

    I won't hit it.

    November 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
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