I have a few responses:
**Gonzoron: **I heard that Morimoto himself requests that he be dubbed on TV, so that he comes across clearer when he describes his dishes. And you are right, his english is good, since he does live in NYC and all.
Clockwork and Candy: Genreally, they do not eat all of their dishes on ICA. At least the food critics and the judges who know what they’re doing. I think you might be thinking of Mo Rocca, the one comendian judge who did eat quite considerably on the show (including other people’s unfinishes dishes!). He’s quite an unusual character, but I think, like Steven Colbert, he has created a personality on the show that works.
My favorite Mo Rocca line, “This dish is Jurrasic-tastic!” lol…
OneCentStamp: What makes you think Bobby Flay’s hugs are forced? He commonly pits himself against his friends (which i assume he “hooks up” onto the show). And frankly he has yet to make one Tamale on the new season. Although I am kindof peeved that it seems Flay is on ICA more than half of the time. I guess it must be a scheduling thing.
Because FoodNetwork is running the show, they take the cooking and competition element of Iron Chef more seriously than ICJ. ICJ tended to lavish on storylines and epic characters, whereas on ICA, its all about the chef’s ability to cook and their food.