Alton Brown claims that no chef knows ocean seafood like Chef Morimoto. Morimoto brings his array of unusual ingredients and techniques to this fish-focused competition as he faces off against Chef Justin Bogle and paiche, a river fish from the Amazon.
Challenger John Fraser came without sous chefs, so Michael Symon kicked his out as well. Putting out five quality dishes in one hour with no help nearly killed Symon, but not only did he finish on time, he also won the battle.
When the Chairman presents a live ingredient on the Kitchen Stadium altar, he changes the dynamic of the battle and elevates the degree of culinary difficulty. Chefs Jamie Oliver and Mario Batali had to catch their cobia, dispatch it and then prepare five wildly different dishes. And when an Iron Chef with one of the highest winning percentages went head-to-head with one of the best-known chefs on the planet, Battle Cobia became an instant classic.
Bobby Flay recalls Battle Buffalo, which threatened to be his undoing. Immense buffalo ribs and loins were difficult to break down, and the Iron Chef faced off against a competitive challenger in the legendary chef Rick Bayless. In the end, a slim one-point difference was the margin of victory for Iron Chef Flay.
Iron Chefs Bobby Flay and Michael Symon continue to hold tight to their title as "Kings of the Thanksgiving Hill". The theme for this battle blended modern and historic Thanksgiving culinary traditions, and Chefs Flay and Symon took on two of the Chairman's finest, Iron Chefs Geoffrey Zakarian and Alex Guarnaschelli.