ICA: Cora vs. Kostow
After last week’s battle of the salads between Morimoto and Amanda Cohen hopefully there will be some meat on the menu in the second-to-last ICA of season 8. With Cora doing battle this week, we once again are left wondering Where’s Jose Garces?
Chef Cora’s challenger this week is rising star chef Christopher Kostow. Oddly enough, Kostow has a full bio on the Food Network web site, a rarity for a one time challenger. Could there be something in the works?
Who could blame the Network for wanting to enlist Kostow after the hullabaloo surrounding the talented young chef the past few years. A Michelin-starred chef by age 30, Chef Christopher was named to Food & Wine‘s list of Top Ten Dishes of the Year in 2007 and San Francisco Chronicle named Christopher a 2008 Rising Star Chef. It was also in 2008 that he arrived at The Restaurant at Meadowwood in Napa Valley after a lofty and unconventional journey.
Rather than spending years shut away in some culinary school, Kostow opted to instead earn his way to chef by working at some of the most notable restaurants in the world. He got his education old school when he left his hometown of Chicago to work for the likes of Trey Foshee and Daniel Humm. Afterwards he did the rounds throughout France to learn the tricks of the trade in traditional French bistros.
Kostow describes his approach, “I embrace food memories — traditional combinations that work together — and then distill those flavors into something that is very much different, and very much stands on its own.” Cat Cora has created a few food memories herself.
The judges for Battle: Oatmeal were Liliana Cavendish, Ryan D’Agostino and Nina Griscom. There was also a Top Chef sighting as both competitors had sous chefs from that “other cooking contest” in tow, Richard Blais and Ed Cotton.
Click HERE for the outcome.
If you haven’t already please check out the interview of Cat Cora done recently by Lindsay Mott of MS Digital Daily.
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