ICA: Morimoto vs. Sedlar

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Chef John Rivera Sedlar has been called the “father of modern Southwest cuisine”. Will he triumph in Kitchen Stadium, or will Iron Chef Morimoto show him who’s daddy?

According to Chef Sedlar’s web site:

John Rivera SedlarJohn Rivera Sedlar literally wrote the book on Modern Southwest Cuisine (I bet Bobby Flay and Johnathon Waxman will be surprised to hear that), and the nation’s top food writers agree that no other chef can compare to him. Gourmet magazine declared him “The father of modern Southwest cuisine,” as did Food Arts, which lauded him for “updating, upgrading and celebrating the foods of his Hispanic heritage.” “Genius or madman?” asked Los Angeles Times food editor Laurie Ochoa. No less an authority than Craig Claiborne of the New York Times opted for the former assessment, calling Sedlar “one of America’s treasures, a genius in the kitchen.”

Sedlar grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and in his early 20s gained acclaim as a chef in the South Bay region of Southern California. He then apprenticed himself to legendary French chef Jean Bertranou of L’Ermitage in Los Angeles, mastering classic techniques while evolving his own approach to food.

John Rivera Sedlar literally wrote the book on Modern Southwest Cuisine, and the nation’s top food writers agree that no other chef can compare to him. Gourmet magazine declared him “The father of modern Southwest cuisine,” as did Food Arts, which lauded him for “updating, upgrading and celebrating the foods of his Hispanic heritage.” “Genius or madman?” asked Los Angeles Times food editor Laurie Ochoa. No less an authority than Craig Claiborne of the New York Times opted for the former assessment, calling Sedlar “one of America’s treasures, a genius in the kitchen.”

This is a first run episode even though it is from two years ago. The judges for Battle: Quail were Martin Yan, Mario Rizzotti and Claudia Bassols.

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