TV Food Fan has a nice long review of the first episode of the program. But the thing I found most amusing was the quote at the end of the article from host Alton Brown, who everybody thinks is all cute, warm and fuzzy but I've always suspected was actually egotistical and snarky.
Reading this article about how great The Next Iron Chef is makes me think I might be right.
Make no mistake, said Brown, "The Next Iron Chef" isn't a run-of-the-mill reality, cooking show. This has been a food fight with flair between hardened experts -- so don't expect another version of Bravo's "Top Chef."
"Those people are one step up from Denny's," said a fiery Brown. "My mom could do that. There's nothing cheesy or cheap about (Iron Chef)."
Really? So you and your mom wouldn't be opposed to competing against, say, Hung, Casey, Dale, Sam, Elan, Tre, Marcel or Harold? Don't get me wrong, I've always enjoyed Brown's shows like Good Eats and Feasting on Asphalt, but as far as I can tell Brown's latest culinary contribution has been putting BBQ on top of pancakes.