Judging “Knife Fight” with Elijah Wood and Ilan Hall on Esquire

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Judging cooking shows is a pretty rad gig, as you can imagine. But it’s not all glamorous; like most things involving cameras there’s a lot of magic — and waiting around — involved. Honestly though, one of the funnest sets I’ve ever been on was “Knife Fight,” which is currently airing on the new Esquire Network. I seriously scored and got to judge two episodes with Elijah Wood and Ilan Hall. Elijah is a real deal food fan, and Ilan was a hoot. Plus, as you can tell by the photo, there was beer. A lot of it.

If you didn’t get to catch the episodes on the first run, never fear! They’re replaying them on the Esquire Network quite frequently, and you can of course watch some of the exclusives online here.

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Best falafel and shwarma I've had since Azuri Cafe in NYC. Bonus points for the bangin baba, pickles, and refreshing watermelon agua frescas!
Spinach with clams, Shanghainese fried eel, shen jian bao. Love the more subtle, sweet & sour flavors in Shanghai. Great seafood too!
Learned another way to make mapo tofu in Ermei. This one is more my style -- it's less soupy and uses more of the gentle and piney green Sichuan peppercorns instead of loading up on the wild red ones. (Don't worry, you'll still feel the tingle!)
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Totally feelin that #Shanghai swagger. This room is DOPE. Check out the view of The Bund, and the chockies!!! ❤️😍🇨🇳
My tongue is still tingling from the Sichuan peppercorns in this mapo tofu I learned to make at the Sichuan Cooking School in Chengdu. Fun fact: the word "ma" actually means numbing. This one sure lived up to it. Yeehaw!

20 Responses to “Judging “Knife Fight” with Elijah Wood and Ilan Hall on Esquire”

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    I just saw something about this on tv. It spoke the same things you wrote about.

    I go to school in Canada and we just now are learning about this in the classroom.
    Thanks for helping me with the conclusion of my report.
    Thanks for the outline of television stuff.
    I definitely think that cable tv is going to go away. Or at least have to
    change with the times.
    Internet tv is definitely the wave of the future. As internet speeds get quicker,
    people will be watching their tv shows on sites like this.

    What do you know about this? I doubt there’s a lot more to the subject
    I was just watching this on PBS yesterday.
    They discussed the same things you wrote about.

    Reply

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