The Food Network announced Tuesday during a taping of the hit show "The Iron Chef" that they had run out of shrimp and might not have more "till sometime next week."
A spokesperson for the network, Ted Gullis, said that he thought popular chef personality Bobby Flay was supposed to get some more shrimp on Friday, but he was out sick and "since they had a really busy lunchtime on Monday, it just never got done." Gullis added that they did have some very nice cod and offered that as a substitution.
Even so, certain tapings had to be cancelled, most notably "Paula Dean's Shrimp and Pudding Party" which has not been rescheduled at this time.
Gullis explained that he plans to call a staff meeting tomorrow to figure out just what happened. He said that they used to have a dishwasher named Carlos who "somehow got this stuff done on time, but since he got a job at another network the inventory has gotten behind." They did find some shrimp in the back of the cooler, but it wasn't fresh enough to use anymore. He said that they had a coffee maker that wasn't working that well and that needed to be fixed too.
A few fans of Iron Chef who were at the taping said they had their hearts set on shrimp, but understood how these things go. Alton Brown, the host of "Iron Chef" said that once the ketchups were all put away "everybody just bolts and these little things kind of fall through the cracks. I wish that guy Carlos was still here."