Iron Chef America: Battle of the Masters
So Food Network is running “Iron Chef America: Battle of the Masters” this weekend. It’s their attempt to bring the magic that is “Iron Chef” to American TV (after UPN tried and failed with the incredibly campy William Shatner-hosted version they slapped together a while back).
I figured that the odds of Food Network being successful at something like this were probably higher than they were for UPN. But then I read this interview with Food Network personality Alton Brown about what they’re doing with “Iron Chef”, and I realized something:
This thing might end up being the coolest thing in the history of the universe.
“UPN tried to do this [in 2001], but they forgot that it was about food,” says Brown, who hosts Food Network’s “Good Eats” and will serve as the announcer/commentator for “Iron Chef America.”…
“That doesn’t happen at Food Network,” Brown says. “… It wasn’t going to be a freak show; it wasn’t going to be pro wrestling. But I also knew that they were going to supply the back story, that there was going to be a story structure to support the handing over of this from Japan to America.”
The show has a new chairman, martial artist and actor Mark Dacascos, who will explain to viewers…
Wait! Stop the interview!
Did he say the Chairman is Mark Dacascos? As in, the Mark Dacascos who starred in the incredibly goofy 1993 martial-arts flick Only the Strong, in which a Green Beret returns from a tour in Brazil (?) and cleans up his ‘hood by giving the local street toughs lessons in capoeira, the Brazilian dancing martial art that looks a bit like a cross between a breakdance and an epileptic seizure? And then he and the suddenly-reformed street toughs (inspired to go straight by the magic of capoeira, natch) break up the local Evil Drug Gang by beating them all up in giant capoeira fights in which none of the Evil Drug Gang guys ever thinks to pull a gun?
Yes! That Mark Dascascos!
Holy crap — they may have found the one Westerner who could actually pull off the role of a reclusive billionaire who builds a “Kitchen Stadium” and lures the world’s greatest chefs into it to do battle. A much more inspired choice than Shatner, anyway.
Come to think of it, I may not want to watch this after all… it sounds like it might be so cool it will make my head explode.