I’ve long had a fondness for Iron Chef. It’s the perfect combination of gourmet cooking, game show tackiness, and surrealism. Seeing great chefs confronted with the challenge of making half a dozen dishes featuring squid ink and then feeding them to a panel of random semi-celebrities to see who is the master of the ingredient of the day is my idea of a good time.
Now that there’s an all-American version (it just isn’t the same without the dubbing, if you ask me, though it gives me great pleasure when I can see Bobby Flay slapped soundly down), there are also commercial tie-ins. The surprise isn’t that there’s a line of cookware, but that said cookware is actually of serious quality.
The Iron Chef Chairman’s Cookware Set includes: a 14″ light weight cast iron nonstick wok with glass lid, 12″ bamboo steamer basket, spatula, spoon, slotted spoon, and pair of chopsticks. The wok is made via a new method that allows the metal to be cast much thinner than traditional cast iron, making it a great deal lighter than traditional cast iron cookware. To help keep the weight down, the fittings are cast in aluminum. The exterior of the piece is coated with an attractive red enamel, and the interior with one coat of enamel and a coat of a durable non-stick finish.
The set usually sells for $174.95, but Cooking.com has it on sale right now for just $139.96.
I don’t know about you, but I could go for some stir fry about now.