ICA: Garces vs Solomonov

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Well season 9 is in full swing now and the battles just keep getting better.  This week Chef Michael Solomonov ventures into Kitchen Stadium to battle Iron Chef Jose Garces.  I wonder what the Chairman has up his sleeve for this one?

Chef Michael Solomonov was born in Isreal but now lives in Garces’ hometown of Philadelphia.  So I guess this is a brotherly love smack down.  What are the chances the secret ingredient is cheese steak?  Probably not.

Michael SolomonovSolomonov has quite the resume.  He is a graduate of the Florida Culinary Institute in West Palm Beach.  After working at various well respected restaurants around the country he found himself a sous chef at Vetri who’s owner Marc Vetri just tasted victory in Kitchen Stadium a few months ago himself.  After that he was the executive chef at Marigold Kitchen, a BYOB eatery in West Philly.  Recently Esquire Magazine named Solomonov’s Zahav one of the top 20 new restaurants in the nation.

In addition to heading the kitchen at Zahav, Solomonov also oversees two other restaurants Xochitl and Percy Street Barbecue as part of the Cook + Solo Restaurant Group that he started with friend and fellow chef Steven Cook.  While Zahav features cuisine from Solomonov’s homeland of Israel,  Xochitl is known for modern Mexican food. Percy Street Barbecue speaks for itself.

There were four judges for Battle: Passion Fruit – Michael Ruhlman, Bal Arneson, John Curtas and Lee Schrager.

Click HERE for the outcome.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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