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Gastronome Gladiator


Even a fanatical fondness for William Shatner failed to boost Iron Chef USA into the same entertainment league as its Japanese forerunner. Chalk it up to the comedic sound of Japanese to the non-speaker, or the cheesy English translation dubbed over the top of frantic Japanese. Blame cultural differences, as the outlandish theme ingredients and the even more eccentric dishes that result are often foods not popular (and in some cases completely unknown) with Americans. But then Iron Chef America saved the day.

This week, Life's Kitchen plays Chairman Kaga, hosting two of Boise's iron chefs in a culinary showdown at a kitchen stadium in The Big Easy. Cooking off in a competition to impress judges are Chef Jered Couch from SixOneSix and Chef Lou Aaron of Westside Drive-In. Given one theme ingredient, Couch and Aaron must cook a three-course meal in one hour. Tim Johnstone and Ken Bass from The River Morning Show provide the campy commentary, giving a blow-by-blow account of what is happening in each team's kitchen. Announcers Chef Doughty from Boise State Radio's Food For Thought and Sysco's Alan Turner will roam the kitchen arena, providing the bulk of the technical commentary and translating chef-speak for the audience.

Monday, May 15. Doors open at 6 p.m., events begin at 6:30 p.m., $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Food donated by Sysco and prepared by students from Life's Kitchen will be served. Proceeds benefit Life's Kitchen. Tickets available at the Boise Co-op. For more information, visit