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Iron Chef Unveiled

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The Village Voice's Robert Sietsema goes to a taping of Iron Chef and discovers that the entire show is even more staged than you've ever thought. The entire piece is rife with disillusionment, Batali impersonators (!), dishes recreated for judging and just plenty of epic smoke and mirrors: "It became obvious that, knowing the main ingredient all along, the chefs had developed a series of recipes the way chefs normally do—through ideation and experimentation, trying and discarding recipes before settling on the collection ... This was no contest—it was a culinary fait accompli." [Village Voice]

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