This week, sushi specialist Chef Tyson Cole decided to challenge Iron Chef Morimoto. The secret ingredient was ginger. Judging the competition was culinary journalist Akiko Katayama, Jeffrey Steingarten, and food blogger Pim.
Chef Cole served up five dishes: black snapper sashimi and ginger ale (which Jeffrey said was “delightful”), wild sea bass with galangal puree and pickled peaches, sugar coated hamachi, grilled salmon belly with sauternes gelee and ginger infused fruit, and brown butter and ginger sorbet with ginger consumme (Pim thought that was “lovely”).
Iron Chef Morimoto served up six dishes: Japanese sweet melon with east meets west capree salad (Akiko thought it was too stringy), seared bonito lamb carpaccio and seared Japanese pike, Japanese grouper cooked in ginger water (which Pim said was the epitome of Japanese cooking), duck meatball soup, ginger congee with wagyu, and ginger coconuts with hot chocolate.
Morimoto was victorious by a landslide, winning 49 to 43. He took taste (26 to 20) and originality (12 to 9). He lost plating 11 to 14, but Chef Cole learned to never challenge the master!