(updated 27 Mar 05)  

Top Ten Ways the New 'Iron Chef America' Differs From the Original 'Iron Chef'

10. More hush puppies, less actual puppies. (lexkase@san.rr.com)

9. At the end of the hour, competitors embrace instead of the loser committing ritual suicide. (mimsydivine@earthlink.net; Cringe4242@earthlink.net)

8. Translators dub it into Japanese BEFORE redubbing it back into English to retain the original goofy flavor. (stan@squidworks.com)

7. I've never seen the show, but I'm guessing a lot more explosions are in order. (tpanner@inorbit.com)

6. Competition "Dumbed Down" by limiting ingredients to items bought in a local Gas Station Convenient Store. (mjgiunta@adelphia.net)

5. In "Iron Chef America" all leftovers to be eaten by Kirstie Alley. (lexkase@san.rr.com)

4. The main ingredient doesn't try to crawl away as it is being cut up. (mwatts@nhbakersfield.com)

3. Never had the "Nacho Battle" in the original Iron Chef. (amfpsych@aol.com)

2. Original Iron Chef: "Allez Cuisine!" Iron Chef America: "Let's Get Ready To Rummmmmmbllllllle!" (JOSQUARD@aol.com)

What can I say...you just don't have a well-stocked kitchen if konnyaku and a couple giant eels aren't readily at hand...

1. Now using ingredients that might actually be in your kitchen. (mrkirky@cox.net)

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