ICA: Cat Cora vs. Art Smith

Another rerun this week.  The 2008 battle between Cat Cora and Oprah’s former personal chef Art Smith.  Smith put his Southern influence-American organic against the Iron Chef’s own Southern-born cuisine in Battle: Cheddar Cheese.

According to Art’s website: “Art Smith, chef, author, and television personality has brought back meaning and symbolism to the word “table” and has united families and friends through the sharing of a meal.
Art smith in the Kitchen

“A native of Jasper, Florida, Art studied at the Florida State University School of Business. He began his career with two internships at The Greenbrier Resort and was then selected to attend the prestigious Walt Disney Magic Kingdom College Program. Following graduation, Art took a position working at the Florida Governor’s Mansion where he worked as executive chef for Governor Bob Graham, now a U.S. senator, and his wife Adele. He continued to cook for families all over the globe, including other well-known politicians and celebrities . . .

Here’s the box score courtesy of TV.com:

Iron Chef Cat Cora’s Dishes
Mole Crackers and Cheddar Cheese Salsa
Beer & Cheddar Soup
Fried Green Tomatoes with Cheese Grits and Rock Shrimp
Pimento Cheeseburger
Chicken & Waffles
Cheddar Ozark Pudding

Challenger Art Smith’s Dishes
Cheddar Soup
Cheddar Biscuit with Soft Shell Crab and Corn Salsa
Cheddar Hoecake with Grilled Steak and Roasted Morels
Fish ‘n Chips with Mac and Cheese
Cheddar Tomato Pie

Judges
John T. Edge – Food Author
Cady Huffman – Actress
Tony Abou-Ganim – Mixologist

Iron Chef
Taste: 26
Plating: 11
Originality: 12
Total: 49

Challenger
Taste: 23
Plating: 10
Originality: 11
Total: 44

Winner: Iron Chef Cat Cora

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