Tag Archive: Iron Chef


Some movies seem to come out of nowhere.  Take The Menu.  What kind of stylish dark fantasy is this?  The movie is about a couple visiting an exclusive remote resort restaurant that has deadly surprises in addition to exotic food.  Is it The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, & Her Lover, or a twisted mix of Iron Chef and The Freshman?  It also appears to follow the framework of Clue/Cluedo and locked room mysteries like Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None.  Or is it something else entirely?  The Menu has an exceptional genre cast mix, featuring Ralph Fiennes (James Bond, Kingsman, Harry Potter series), Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit, The New Mutants, Unbreakable series), Nicholas Hoult (X-Men series, Mad Max series), and John Leguizamo (The Mandalorian, Ice Age series, John Wick series).

Get on your foodie hat (I guess that’s a chef’s hat, right?) and take a look at Searchlight Pictures’ The Menu

Continue reading

Great British Baking Show judges

It is really hard to rival the greatest foodie show of all time–Iron Chef.  A palpable battle to the death of sorts, or at least that’s the way it made us all feel.  International theme and haute cuisine met flying five-finger, one-armed shaolin exploding death touch style, with expert chef Alton Brown at the helm of the American version of the show, teaching us how to make our own meals better with a shuffling cast of interesting judges including Jeffrey Steingarten, Ted Allen, Mo Rocca, and even Jeri Ryan.  And it gave Bobby Flay, Mario Batali, and Masaharu Morimotu the status of food royalty.

Other shows are watchable in their own right, inspired by Julia Child’s original idea they expand what we think about food, how we serve it and what ingredients we use.  These include Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, a show that allows us to go local or travel to test the best food around (I eat at one of the featured dives at least twice per week), No Reservations with Anthony Bordain takes us on a tour with a not particularly pleasant foodie to see what’s good around the planet, and no show since Julia Child educates us more than Alton Brown’s Good Eats.  The most fun seems to follow dessert shows, with Chef Duff’s merry band of friends who ran Ace of Cakes making for a great, almost utopian fantasy workplace show and then there was the great Mark Sommers’ run on Unwrapped, where he showed the business of scrumptious candymaking.  My strawberry rhubarb pie is all the better because of these shows.

British baking Show tent

When you bring the “reality show” or cooking competition show into the mix, you get some of the fun of Iron Chef, but at a different level of entertainment.  Top Chef and The Next Food Network Star featured rival food channels showing the ugly side of competition as most reality shows offer these days, with competitors becoming more of caricatures than anything tolerable in real life circumstances.  All but one, that is.  And that show is the gem of a cooking show in its second season in the States on public television, The Great British Baking Show.

Continue reading

%d bloggers like this: