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ICA: Morimoto vs. Chauhan – Outcome

SPOILER ALERT: The following information is the outcome of Morimoto vs. Chauhan.  If you want information on the combatants click HERE.  If you are only interested in the outcome read on.

Battle: Leeks

Morimoto                   Chauhan

Taste: 27                     Taste: 19
Plating: 14                  Plating: 10
Originality: 15           Originality: 11
Total: 56                      Total: 40

Winner: Iron Chef Morimoto

Judges: Suvir Saran, Kelsey Nixon and Martin Yan.  If you haven’t yet be sure to check out my exclusive interview with Chef Chauhan HERE.

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ICA: Morimoto vs. Chauhan

Although Morimoto’s winning percentage of 59.6% just keeps him out of the Kitchen Stadium cellar (edging Cat Cora’s 58.9%) there is still something special about seeing the senior Iron Chef battle.  It’s kind of like watching Michael Jordan playing through the flu to clinch a 6th NBA title or Brett Farve throwing for 399 yards and four touchdowns a day after his father’s death.  There is always the chance that you will see something special, something truly memorable.

Maneet ChauhanFor this week’s battle Morimoto san had better pull out the magic bonita flakes and conjur the spirit of Musashi because Maneet Chauhan will be bringing her Indian-Latin fusion into Kitchen Stadium.

Since graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 2000, Chef Chauhan has been on the fast track to culinary stardom.  At Vermillion she has made a name for herself after stops across the Indian sub-continent.  She also did a stint in the Philadelphia suburb of Cherry Hil, NJ where  she undoubtedly watched the meteoric success of the Iron Chef’s Philly fixture, Morimoto.

Vermilion is hosting a five-course “secret ingredient” dinner and viewing party to celebrate the debut of Morimoto vs Chauhan this Sunday night as the episode premieres on the Food Network at 10/9C PM.  If you haven’t yet be sure to check out my exclusive interview with Chef Chauhan HERE.

Judges: Suvir Saran, Kelsey Nixon and Martin Yan.

SPOILER ALERT For the outcome of Battle: Leeks click HERE.


Belgian Bud

Some Thoughts on the Budweiser Sale

There are really four classifications of beer enthusiasts in this country: Budweiser lovers, Miller Lite lovers, Coors lovers, and beer lovers.

You see people who drink one brand exclusively or only drink other brands because there is no Bud, Lite, or Silver Bullet are not beer lovers they are lovers of their favorite beer.  A beer lover will always want to try something new or different.  Often true beer lovers are looked upon as snobs because they do not enjoy the American Pilsners but the inverse is actually true.  People who only consume a product because of name recognition are snobs -which means the Bud/Miller/Coors-only people are the snobs.

The irony in this situation is that this time the snobs are also the ones who are setteling for second best.  I find original Bud and Miller High Life unpalateble, their light beers are okay as are the Coors products but generally I will look to anything else because I enjoy a real intense flavor from my brew.  These American Pilsners were developed to have little taste on purpose.  There have been countless documentaries about how the German brewers had to waterdown the flavor of their recipes when they got to America so check out one of the many on Food Network or History Channel the next time one is one.

If you drink one of these three American brewers and you want to know if you are a beer lover or a lover of a specific beer then try a Yuengling, Blue Moon, or other crafted beer.  If you still prefer your Bud then hey, you are a Bud Man and there is nothing wrong with that.

So for you true Bud men (and women) out there do not fret about the recent purchase of your favorite beer purveyor by Belgian owned InBev no one on this planet makes better beer than the Belgians.  Besides, Bud Light is the top selling beer in America so I highly doubt that they are going to tamper with the recipe.

I fall under the category of beer lover and currently my favorite brews are Belgian-style Blue Moon (Coors) and the Pecan Nut Brown Ale from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company in Kiln, MS (Brett Favre’s hometown).

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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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Stuart’s Honors & Awards

2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
2012 Taste Award nominee for best chef (web)
2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
2011 Taste Award Nominee for Little Grill Big Flavor
2011, 12 Member: Council of Media Tastemakers
2011 Judge: 29th Chef's of the Coast Cook-off
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
2011 Cooking Channel Perfect 3 Recipe Finalist
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off
2011 Culinary Hall of Fame Member
2010 Tasty Awards Judge
2010 Judge: Bayou La Batre Gumbo Cook-off
2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award Nominee
2010 Chef2Chef Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2010 Denay's Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2009 2nd Place Bay Area Food Bank Chef Challenge
2008 Tava: Discovery Contest Runner-up


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