ICA: Garces vs. Paley
Challenging Chef Vitaly Paley abandoned a career behind the piano for a career behind the burners. Will he play a song of victory against Iron Chef Garces?
“With corporate chains and noisy mega-restaurants dominating the American dining scene, Paley’s Place in Portland, Oregon, is a refreshing change. By opening a restaurant with only 50 seats, Vitaly and Kimberly Paley have made a commitment to creativity and flexibility in cuisine, sophistication in service, and intimacy in the dining experience. The warm environment can be enjoyed via the front porch, open air patio, bar/bistro, both dining rooms.”
Those are the words from the web site of Chef Vitaly Paley’s landmark West Coast eatery and they go a long way in explaining Paley’s approach. Chef Vitaly has spent a lifetime in the mega-cities of food, New York and Paris, including stops at Union Square Café and Remi and Chanterelle. But it was a job with World Yacht Cruises that changed his life forever as that is where he met his wife and partner Kimberly. The two then worked together at famed Michelin two-star restaurant Moulin de la Gorce, just outside of Limoges, France.
But there is more to the Ukrainian immigrant than just a master touch with a spatula. In his youth he was a child prodigy on the piano and ultimately spent a few years studying at the famed Julliard school in New York. Today Paley is an avid road cyclist who makes his own energy bars and sports drinks (recipes available HERE).
Chef Paley will need to bring all of his talents when he enters Kitchen Stadium where Iron Chef Jose Garces awaits him.
The winner of Battle: Raddish . . .
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Taste: 22 Taste: 27
Plating: 12 Plating: 11
Originality: 12 Originality: 13
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