I watched Iron Chef USA on TV. I didn’t know about it before and was a bit surprised. The formula’s the same, challenger and iron chef; kitchen stadium; the Chairman; theme of the day; frantic commentary.
But somehow, it’s not as good. William Shatner as the Chairman is too over the top. The chefs are too full of themselves. The atmosphere too self-congratulatory. The cooking and the dishes look great and I’m sure these are top grade chefs.
But the fun, the kitsch, the life dependency, it’s missing.
If it’s on, I’ll watch it, it’s a cookery program afterall, but it’s not the same as the original.