Alton Brown called it the "most amazing battle in Iron Chef history." Challenger John Fraser came to Kitchen Stadium without sous chefs, so Michael Symon kicked his out as well. Putting out five Iron Chef-quality dishes in one hour with no help nearly killed Iron Chef Symon, but not only did he finish on time -- he won the battle.
Alton Brown often refers to Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto as a modern-day descendant of Poseidon. There is no chef (Iron or otherwise) who knows their way around ocean seafood like Morimoto-san. Paiche, however, is a primordial beast from the Amazon. The King of the Sea brought his array of unusual ingredients and techniques to this Kitchen Stadium fish battle as he faced off against Chef Justin Bogle and the River Monster from South America.
Blend together one American Iron Chef, one 80-pound mortadella sausage and a singular focus on upholding the honor of America's Kitchen Stadium against UK Iron Chef Judy Joo. Stir everything and cook for exactly 60 minutes. The result: Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli's most challenging battle ever in Kitchen Stadium.