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Updated by Amy Armstrong on Oct 30, 2019
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Best Iron Chef America Episodes

Welcome to my totally arbitrary list of Iron Chef America (ICA) episodes. I'd like to think these are entertaining enough that you could use this list as a guide for introducing ICA newbies to the series and suck them in, but I might be flattering myself.

"Iron Chef America: The Series" Symon vs. Cosentino: Offal (TV Episode 2008)

Directed by Eytan Keller. With Alton Brown, Mark Dacascos, Kevin Brauch, Mario Batali. Chef Chris Cosentino battles it out with Iron Chef Michael Symon. Judges: Michael Ruhlman, Cady Huffman, Andrew Knowlton.

The correct pronunciation for offal sounds just like awful, but this Halloween-themed battle of blood (pig's blood) and guts is anything but awful. Enjoy the ghoulish pomp of the nimble Chairman and Igor and Frankenstein from the Broadway version of Young Frankestein as special guests for awfully good fun with offal.

"Iron Chef America: The Series" Flay/DeLaurentiis vs. Batali/Ray: Cranberries (TV Episode 2006)

With Mario Batali, Kevin Brauch, Alton Brown, Anne Burrell. Food Network All-Stars Rachael Ray and Giada De Laurentiis come to Kitchen Stadium to battle it out. In a special twist, the Chairman decides to pair them with Iron Chefs Bobby Flay and Mario Batali in an unexpected battle.

It's an "all star" team food fight with Rachael Ray and Mario Batalli against Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis in battle Cranberry. With 10 delicious dishes made with a little berry with a big benefit, there's so much to be grateful for.

"Iron Chef America: The Series" Flay vs. Hamilton: Zucchini (TV Episode 2008)

With Alton Brown, Mark Dacascos, Kevin Brauch, Karine Bakhoum. New York chef Gabrielle Hamilton takes on Iron Chef Bobby Flay. Judges are Louisa Chu, Karine Bakhoum and Michael Ruhlman.

It's hard to say exactly why I have such a strong affinity for this episode. Could it be the surprisingly good food porn from a basic ingredient like zucchini or is it the writer/chef contestant? You decide.

"Iron Chef America: The Series" Symon vs. Nawab: Pineapple (TV Episode 2009)

Directed by Eytan Keller. With Alton Brown, Mark Dacascos, Kevin Brauch, Cory Barrett. Will New York chef Akhtar Nawab's exciting use of spices overwhelm Iron Chef Michael Symon? Judges: Keyshawn Johnson; Isabel Gonzalez; Patton Oswalt.

Watch for a fun cameo as a judge from comedian Patton Oswalt in Battle Pineapple! (Enjoy with a pina colada.)

"Iron Chef America: The Series" Batali vs. Carmellini: Parmigiano-Reggiano (TV Episode 2007)

With Alton Brown, Mark Dacascos, Kevin Brauch, Ted Allen. New York's Andrew Carmellini takes on Mario Batali. Judges: Ted Allen; Art Smith; Mario Rizzotti.

Maria Batali whips up some of the most amazing food porn ever in Battle Parmigiano-Reggiano.

"Iron Chef America: The Series" Morimoto vs. Cantu: Beets (TV Episode 2007)

With Alton Brown, Mark Dacascos, Kevin Brauch, Homaro Cantu. Chicago chef Homaru Cantu challenges Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto to a battle in Kitchen Stadium. Chef Cantu, renowned for his use of technology to prepare his dishes, is hoping to stun the judges with creativity and flavor.

Who says technology and haute cuisine can't go full beat? Get the official verdict from the ICA judges in Battle Beets when high-tech chef Cantu takes on Morimoto.

"Iron Chef America: The Series" Michael Symon vs. John Fraser: Califlower (TV Episode 2005)

Directed by Dana Calderwood. With Kevin Brauch, Alton Brown, Mark Dacascos, John Fraser.

It's all about the machismo in one on one battle between Iron Chef Symon and Chef Fraser, and you thought cauliflower was a dainty veggie.

"Iron Chef America: The Series" Cora vs. Miranda (TV Episode 2010)

With Alton Brown. Can Chef Miranda muster the culinary courage to defeat Iron Chef Cora?

Battle Bourbon! Features the best Alton Brown quote yet: "Bourbon: It's not just for breakfast anymore."