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Cat Cora: "Paula, how about you just go sit in the corner until we're done, OK?"
Friday, October 26, 2007 | posted by Mike

No, not an actual quote from the Iron Chef. It's just something that I'm predicting will be said during an upcoming special:


Premieres: Sunday, November 25th at 9PM

In another All Star Culinary Showdown, the Chairman has invited Paula Deen to partner up with Iron Chef Cat Cora and compete against Food Network’s own Tyler Florence and Robert Irvine.

That's right, another one of those all-star battles, just like we had last year with Bobby, Mario, Giada and Rachael. But this time it's ladies vs. gentlemen. Having seen Robert in action under pressure and knowing that Tyler has NYC kitchen experience, I have no doubt that they'll be able to work reasonably well under the ICA conditions.

Likewise, we certainly know that Cat can withstand the bright lights of Kitchen Stadium. But Paula Deen? Really?

Maybe I'm down on Paula as a result of catching about three minutes of her selling cast iron pans on QVC the other night -- yeah, it was pretty bad -- but I'm just having a tough time seeing the easily excitable Ms. Deen working well in such a setting. I have a feeling that she's just going to get in the way.

Cat -- a word of advice: Five minutes into the competition, put Paula on the deep-fryer and just leave her there.

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