ICA: Cora Vs. Ballesteros
After a week off, Food Network brings us a new Iron Chef: America as Chef Julieta Ballesteros clashes with Iron Chef Cat Cora in the halls of Kitchen Stadium. It should be interesting with upscale Mexican going up against Greek Cuisine with a Southern accent. Enjoy Battle: Ricotta!
Chef Julieta Ballesteros is a true original. Hailing from Mexico and toting a degree from the French Culinary Institute, Chef Julieta has put a signature spin on traditional Mexican cuisine. Ballesteros combines her Latin flavors and French technique to produce Mexican food that is both innovative and classical at the same time.
Shortly before graduation from CFI, Ballesteros was named the chef of Mexicana Mama, a tiny eatery in Greenwich Village. It didn’t take long for her big flavors to shine as glowing reviews came in from the likes of Frank Bruni and Gael Greene. Soon Ballesteros’ star outgrew Mexicana Mama and she headed to Chelsea.
Chef Julieta is the chef/owner of Crema Restaurante which is described as, “a higher concept of Mexican Cuisine.” The accolades continue with eater.com proclaiming, “Makes you want to celebrate” and New Yorker says Creama is “Uniformly Excellent”. The New York Times calls Ballesteros, “A chef to watch.”
In a convenient coincidence this episode is scheduled to air just two days after Iron Chef Cat Cora made headlines with a statement about the Mississippi Prom Controversy. Cat, an open lesbian, voiced her support for Constance McMillen and her wish to take her girlfriend to prom.
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