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Alton Brown Shows Kelly Ripa the Ropes of 'Iron Chef' Judging (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 21st 2011 3:20PM
Kelly Ripa learns the ropes as an 'Iron Chef' judge on 'Live With Regis and Kelly'Apparently there's more to being an 'Iron Chef' judge than looking thoughtful while chewing and saying that you like, or dislike, someone's food. That's what Kelly Ripa learned Thursday on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated), when 'Iron Chef America' host Alton Brown coached her on the lingo and a few rules of food judging.

Rule number one? "Do not taste hungry," said Brown. "Because if you're hungry when you sit down at this table, whatever they give you first will taste the best. Make sure you snack before you come to the table." Rule number two? "Taste after everybody else tastes," said Brown. "While you're eating, the judges will be making comments that you can disagree with, and that always makes you look smarter."

Ripa got off to a rough start, exclaiming, "I'll be the judge of that!" when a chef told her what ingredients would be used in the meal. In the end, Brown's coaching seemed to make a difference, as Ripa was confident delivering her opinion.

This was her verdict: "I have to say that the secret ingredient, in my opinion," she said, "is perfectly utilized, because the sweetness is there but it doesn't overpower the savoriness of the dish and it really doesn't take away. It just sort of marries the sweet and the savory perfectly."

She even moved her knife and fork around over the dish to make for the dramatic overhead shot of the half-eaten food. A very nice touch.

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