ICA: Garces vs. Pomeroy
Someone call the FBI and cancel the APB on Jose Garces! Last year’s Next Iron Chef winner makes an appearance with just his third battle as an Iron Chef.
Chef Naomi Pomeroy comes to town to do battle from her acclaimed restaurant Beast in Portland, Oregon. Beast is a six-course prix-fixe restaurant that celebrates the glories of meat. The menu changes based on what is in season with one exception, a footnote that reads “Substitutions politely declined.” Amen!
Fresh off an appearance on the Cooking Channel’s Food(ography) in June, this one-time vegetarian now boasts a meat-centric menu that recently landed her in O Magazine as one of “10 Women on the Rise.” In 2009 Food & Wine honored Pomeroy with a Best New Chef Award for the cuisine she calls “refined French grandmother.” In 2008 Portland Monthly magazine named her, Chef of the Year. That same year she was one of six ladies featured in a Food & Wine article entitled Women Chefs: The Next Generation and the restaurant she co-owns with Micah Camden, Beast, was named co-Restaurant of the Year by Diner.
Chef Naomi is a genuine individual crediting neither apprenticeship nor culinary school for her success but rather reading. She is obsessed with cookbooks and food history. She attributes Richard Olney, Larousse and Harold McGee for her culinary education. She is famous for her Smoky Tomato Soup with Maple-Candied Bacon. Her cuisine was once described by Karen Brooks of the Oregonian as being like, “a blind date between Julia Child and Anthony Bourdain.”
Pomeroy’s appearance should squelch rumors that Jose Garces is no longer on the show. Or does it? In a June interview at OregonLive.com Pomeroy reveals that the episode was actually shot in October of ’09. Probably around the same time that the other Garces battles would have been taped. So again the questions pops up, “Is Garces still an Iron Chef?” Why are they doing The Next Iron Chef 3? The plot thickens.
The judges for Battle Truffle were Jose Andres, Karine Bakhoum and Jeffrey Chodorow.
Click HERE for the outcome.
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