I was inspired by sku, who wrote, "I have a recurring daydream that Bobby [Flay] is filming one of his shows, showing people how to make chili rellenos or some such thing, when Rick Bayless marches on the set and challenges him to a throwdown."
Now, I thought, THAT is a great idea!
Lidia Bastianich vs. Mario Batali on lamb ragu?
John Besh vs. John Folse on gumbo?
Michel Richard vs. Jacques Pepin on cassoulet?
Martin Yan vs. Ming Tsai on Chinese dumplings?
Marcella Hazan vs. Giada deLaurentis on anything actually Italian?
Tyler Florence vs. [uh, I'll take this Throwdown, folks]
Mary Ann Esposito vs. Nick Stellino, on...who cares? it'd be hilarious!
Isaac Mizrahi vs. Sandra Lee...well, on so many things....?*
What "reverse throwdowns" do you think would show us the cooks' real mettle, and on what particular item? Maybe you can throw in some humor with your chow-ish "deliciousness" concepts. Let's see *your" Reverse Throwdown Challenges list.
* "Honey, you have *some nerve* calling that a 'tablescape'! Oh, Snap!"