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Iron Chef: Chili Battle
Meg led with a rich white bean stew accompanied by four chili-based sauces, scallions and feta, and a pair of delightfully seasoned tortilla crisps.

Jen gave us a Caribbean inspired chili of pork, chorizo, and bacon seasoned with traditional jerk spices and served with fried plantains.

Pete presented a more traditional New Mexican green chili built around genuine Hatch peppers and rattlesnake, garnished with a fan of roasted red bell pepper slices.

Michael returned with a last minute entry of wine-dark seafood chili made with swordfish, mussels, scallops and squid.

Tricia made a fruit chili seasoned with an array of spices and topped with a banana honey cream.

Joe broke out his ice cream maker in his first IC appearance, and confounded the judges with what can only be described as a chili-stuffed cupcake. Traditional Texas red was served cold in a hollowed corn muffin, which was topped with a "frosting" of jalepeno ice cream and garnished with a "cherry" tomato.

Joe won top honors in a remarkable and intriguing field, and becomes the next chef to attempt to defend the title. Hopefully, we’ll have access to Ry’s event photos before too long.

The next Iron Chef is tentatively scheduled for May 6, 2007. As yet I do not have a theme for this battle, but I will happily entertain requests for competitor and judging slots.

In addition, in the aftermath of this battle, it was suggested that the Iron Chef format with its perceived emphasis on interpretive cuisine may not be the best way to find our most delicious chili. As a result, we will continue our quest in August with a proper chili cook-off. For the time being, I am considering using a modified version of the ICS rules while allowing cooking offsite and doing away with the prohibition of the use of beans. For that event, I'd like to again name four judges, but am leaning towards giving anyone who has the inclination the opportunity to enter the competition. Any input is welcome and appreciated.


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inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: March 6th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
unhappy with the photos, I'm ignoring the folder on my desktop for a little longer.

I gotta say, I really liked all the entries on their own merits, and was quite surprised by the scored results.
But yes, Joe deserved the win. That stuff was amazing.

(and I wanna cook next time!)
komos From: komos Date: March 6th, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Shooting food is tricksy. I'm not at all happy with the shots I got at Pear Battle, but I wanted something to show for it.

I'm not sure I would have ranked the dishes in the same way. I think we got, first and foremost, what the judges thought chili should be, and then it ranged from there. It's worth exploring further, which is why we're going with the proper chili cook-off later in the summer. That'l be the time to bring it.

Cooking? Sure thing. Is there anything with which you absolutely will not work?
cook_ting From: cook_ting Date: March 6th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd love the opportunity to judge the next iron chef or the chili cook-off. I'm a judgmental person at heart.
komos From: komos Date: March 6th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sure thing.
From: aphorisic Date: March 6th, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
A chili cupcake. He's a mad genius. I need a picture of this like NOW.
komos From: komos Date: March 6th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
He left insisting he shouldn't have won, and now he's worried about defending.

It's tough to be at the top.
bbbsg From: bbbsg Date: March 6th, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
i would love to cook in the next one. i figure folks deserve a shot at being harsh on me since i have judged twice now ;)
komos From: komos Date: March 6th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ok. It's ON!
From: archer823 Date: March 6th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Holy crap you guys are on the cutting edge of molecular gastronomy! I'm so sad I missed the fun!

komos From: komos Date: March 6th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Funny you should mention it... we were puzzling for a while over the fact that the ice cream had a pronounced minty flavor to it, and whether it was just something going on with our taste receptors that was going haywire because of the pairing. Turns out that Joe had used mint extract and then forgot all about it.
faux_eonix From: faux_eonix Date: March 6th, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
This post was yummy, I can only imagine how much yummier it was to actually eat.
I went to eat food after I read it but found myself sorely disapointed by my choices. I looked everywhere, but nobody would serve me jalapeno ice cream?
komos From: komos Date: March 6th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was something.

I'm kind of jonesing for Tricia's fruit chili, to tell the truth. I didn't have near enough of it.
champignon From: champignon Date: March 6th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooooo, I wish I could play!!!
komos From: komos Date: March 6th, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you're ever in New England when we're on, you're more than welcome.
dr_alycat From: dr_alycat Date: March 6th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
i'm toootally down to be a contestant in a chili cook-off. i don't think i can match the creativity that was busted out at this last IC but i think my veggie chili is damn solid. chef boyfriend can vouch for me.

although my picky palate would make me a terrible judge, i love these battles! yay playing with food!
komos From: komos Date: March 7th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Should we stick with a judge's panel, or maybe consider a people's choice sort of thing?
From: couplingchaos Date: March 6th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd be happy join the judges' table in May, if'n there's room.
komos From: komos Date: March 7th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC) (Link)
First time up? Yep.

I think our panel is full, depending. I'll keep you all posted.
chillguru From: chillguru Date: March 6th, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
battle banana!
komos From: komos Date: March 7th, 2007 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Quiet you. Do you want to spoil the surprise?
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komos From: komos Date: March 7th, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

We've got to let the D_S list know that they're finally marketing to the vegan community.
gatz From: gatz Date: March 7th, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Like Pavlov

Ok, barring a death in the immediate family, I have no plans for May 6th. May I judge as well?
komos From: komos Date: March 8th, 2007 12:10 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Like Pavlov

Yeah, I think we can get you in.
superbgirl From: superbgirl Date: March 9th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)


Pablo was much impressed with the hatch and rattlesnake chili. He spoke of nothing else for days.

Well, maybe not NOTHING else.

OK- so he mentioned it a few times in passing.

Point is- he said it rocked. Way to go Pete, except now I think I'm expected to somehow introduce rattlenake into my cooking. My vegetarian cooking. But really- can snake really be considered a meat?
komos From: komos Date: March 13th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Rattlesnake

Ask again when you're finished pulling meat off of 4' of ribcage.
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