ICA: Flay vs. Kinch
East versus West tonight as California’s celebrated Chef David Kinch enters Kitchen Stadium to match spatulas with Iron Chef Bobby Flay. The judges for this battle of culinary wits are James Oseland (editor-in-chief of Saveur magazine), Cady Huffman (actress) and Lee Jones (sustainable farming guru). Of course Alton Brown will be manning his post as MC.
Northern California is a Mecca of great restaurants and Kinch’s Manresa Restaurant is one example why. Featuring the flavors of the Basque Region mixed with the bounty of America, Manresa Restaurant has been a favorite among foodies since it first opened it doors. A devotee to the local/sustainable movement, Chef Manresa uses produce grown exclusively for him by Cynthia Sandberg at her Love Apple Farm and is harvested only the day it is intended for use.
Kinch is a 1981 graduate of Johnson and Wales Culinary Academy in Rhode Island. After graduation he took his knives to New York City were he worked at Hotel Parker Meridian and soon found himself the executive chef at La Petite Ferme specializing in French country fare. That lead him to Beaune, France to learn from Marc Chevillot at the Hotel de la Poste. Kinch’s travels were not over as he returned to New York to work at the Quilted Giraffe before heading on to Fukuoka Japan, San Francisco, Wertheim, Germany, Vezeley, France, San Sebastian, Spain and finally back to Northern California.
Kinch’s Basque recipes (the product of both French and Spanish influence) should prove a prime match-up for the Iron Chef who is a graduate of the first class of the French Culinary Institute and who’s Spanish restaurant Bolo was the first celebrated Spanish restaurant in the US. With a sustainable farmer on the judges’ table and a sustainable farming advocate as the challenger, is it any wonder the Secret Ingredient was a vegetable?
Battle: Cabbage airs just after the season three premiere of Ultimate Recipe Showdown with host Guy Fieri.