Iron Chef Judaica!

Here’s my open letter to the Food Network. If you agree, feel free to send your own letter via the Food Network’s contact page.

I would like to see a “Passover Challenge” on Iron Chef. The secret ingredient would be matzo (meal, crackers, full sheets, etc) and the challengers would have to cook within the limits of kosher-for-passover rules (nothing with leavening, wheat, spelt, barley, rye, oats). And of course, no pork or shellfish.

I realize there are varying levels of kosher observance and that the network would have to make some choices, as well as find a way to communicate both the rules and the choices to the audience in a way that is engaging and entertaining. But as Cookie Monster said recently on a “Dinner Impossible” episode, “Easy not make good television”.

Given the popularity of “specialty” Iron Chef episodes (my wife and I just watched the Thanksgiving battle last night) and holiday specials that are now hitting the network; as well as the relative dearth of Jewish-themed episodes (I believe all that’s aired is one Passover “Dinner Impossible” and a “Barefoot Contessa” where she made Shabbat dinner) it would be great to see the Food Network speak to the Jewish home cook demographic, especially around a holiday where food is so central and yet creativity is key to making meals which are appealing given all the religious restrictions.

Leon Adato
author of The Edible Torah

One Response to “Iron Chef Judaica!”

  1. Rivster says:

    How funny. My husband was just saying that he would LOVE to see a kosher food challenge on Top Chef!

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