ICA: Morimoto vs. Pasternack

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It’s a battle of the fish masters as Esca’s Chef David Pasternak takes on Iron Chef Morimoto. Will he keep his head above water in the rocky seas of Kitchen Stadium?

When Chef David Pasternak enters Kitchen Stadium he will do so with something very few ICA challengers has ever had, an Iron chef in his corner.  Pasternak is leads the kitchen at Esca which he co-created along with the dynamic duo of dining Joe Bastianich and Mario Batali.

Chef David Pasternak on Iron ChefBeing Jewish, Pasternak seems an odd choice to be the chef on an Italian restaurant that is co-owned by Italian heavyweights like Batali and Bastianich but consider this, Esca is Italian for bait.  The restaurant specializes in fish and Pasternak is an avid fisherman.  So much so that he supplies a good deal of Esca”s menu by way of his rod and reel.  Seriously.

According to a 2005 New Yorker article on Pasternak entitled “Gone Fishing,” author Mark Singer revealed that, “No other restaurant in the city—not now and presumably not ever—offers year-round wild game that has been personally bagged by the chef.”  In fact, the chef bought a truck just so his wife could deliver all the fish he catches to the restaurant.  Pasternak is so into fish that Frank Bruni calls him the “fish whisperer.”

But is he ready to take on the likes of the master of fish Iron Chef Morimoto?  Well, perhaps with Batali on his side he just may be up to the challenge.  The judges for Battle: Wreckfish were Cady Huffman, Jefferey Steingarten and Katie Chin.

Check below for the results.

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Morimoto               Pasternack
Taste: 24                Taste: 22
Plating: 12              Plating: 10
Originality: 11        Originality: 8
Total: 47                 Total: 40

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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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