ICA: Forgione vs. Curtin
After a handful of holiday themed battles between Iron Chefs we return to the familiar format. This time, Iron Chef Marc Forgione battles young New York-based chef Nick Curtin in Kitchen Stadium.
The story on challenger Nick Curtin is brief. The one adjective that seems to always accompany his name is “young.” Curtin was, for a while, the head chef at Compose in New York’s TriBeCa neighborhood. The chef (23) teamed up with 25-year-old manager Eamon Rockey for a ballsy concept at Compose – a mandatory 10-course tasting menu, serving no more than 12 people a night. Thanks to Curtin’s creativity it worked.
But in June Chef Curtin announced his departure from Compose saying, “I decided it’s time to pursue another type of project, some place with a larger kitchen, a place that would allow me to experience the growth I want.” A disciple of Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Curtin worked for the legendary chef at Perry St. Chef Nick also spent time in the kitchen of René Redzepi at Noma in Copenhagen – the same Noma that recently supplanted el Bulli as the world’s best restaurant. He was also part of the staff at Eleven Madison Park which Frank Bruni described as “alluring and impressive.”
Tonight the “young” chef Curtin battles the youngest Iron Chef, Marc Forgione. Although Chelsea Market is only about two and a half miles from TriBeCa, Compose is a world away from Kitchen Stadium. Be sure to check out my interview with Iron Chef Marc Forgione (HERE).
The judges for Battle: Tilapia were Julie White, John Curtas and Candice Kumai.
Check below for the outcome.
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Taste: 26 Taste: 22
Plating: 13 Plating: 14
Originality: 13 Originality: 13
Total: 52 Total: 49