Iron Chef Bowles


We’ve always enjoyed watching "Iron Chef America" on the Food Network, but it’s not a regular program in our house. As you all know, we watch way too much TV and we just don’t have time for every show. However, the cover story in Sunday’s Chicago Tribune magazine was about last night’s Iron Chef battle featuring Avenues chef Graham Bowles. The article said that when Iron Chef came calling, producers asked Bowles about his availability. Bowles said he was available any date as long as he could compete against Bobby Flay.

The article gives away a lot of the shows secrets such as just how secret is the show’s secret ingredient? Well it turns out it’s not so secret. Bowles was given a list of six possible secret ingredients for which he prepared shopping lists for the show and developed six different menus based on the six possible ingredients: Almonds. Carrots. Chocolate. Coconut. Mushrooms. Squash.

Bowles really wanted almonds or squash but in the end, the secret ingredient was chocolate.


Overall we thought that the three desserts from Flay were a tad too much while we would’ve loved to try the Lobster, tuna or bison from Bowles. The fact that one judge, Karine Bakhoum, used to count Flay as a client pretty much pissed us off too. Plus she was annoying.

Graham may have lost to Flay in the points 49-47 but we think he was the true winner and we’re booking a reservation at Avenues sometime soon.

Future airings:

  • February 15, 2007 9:00 PM ET/PT
  • February 16, 2007 12:00 AM ET/PT
  • February 17, 2007 7:00 PM ET/PT
  • February 17, 2007 11:00 PM ET/PT
  • February 18, 2007 2:00 AM ET/PT