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Iron Chef America returns next week, and according to the promos, Bobby Flay will be battling Ralph Pagano, the culinary genius from Hell’s Kitchen who once awed America with his revolutionary steak and white peach masterpiece. Is this really fair? Normally, Bobby Flay battles renowned chefs from such fine establishments as Le Bernadin or The French Laundry. But the lowly runner-up to an amateur cooking show? This will be the easiest battle Bobby Flay’s ever participated in. His only challenge will be avoiding Ralph’s huge boner.
I’ve actually been lucky enough to sample some of Ralph’s cooking — I dined in his “Frank and Lulu’s” restaurant during the Hell’s Kitchen season finale. Let me tell you something: a line cook at Applebees could beat this guy in Kitchen Stadium. If the Food Network really wants to ramp up the reality star factor, they would swap out Ralph for celebrity chef / narcissistic dumbass Rocco DiSpirito. Or better yet, Gordon Ramsey. I think it’s about time someone yelled “YOU CALL THIS BLOODY RISOTTO?” and then threw a plate at Alton Brown.
Who would you like to see on Iron Chef?