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ICA: Flay vs. Knibb

Iron Chef Bobby FlayWest coast chef, Jason Knibb challenges Bobby Flay to a special seafood showdown. Whose cuisine will reign supreme?

Chef Jason KnibbJason Knibb is the executive chef at NINE-TEN in La Jolla, CA and has been since 2003.  Prior to that the Jamaican born chef was the executive chef at Robert Redford’s Sundance Village where he oversaw all food & beverage operations located on the resort property, including the Foundry Grill and the renowned Tree Room restaurant. Knibb started his career working with Wolfgang Puck at L.A.‘s Eureka restaurant.

Chef Knibb has also logged time in the kitchens of Yamaguchi, Tournant and Rockenwagner.  His career has seen him work in Hawaii, Poland, Southern California and he was even profiled on Bobby Flay’s “Food Nation – Best of Utah” episode.  In 2009 Knibb was inducted into the San Diego Chef Hall of Fame – he was one of the first three chefs to be inducted.

Waiting for Knibb in Kitchen Stadium is Iron Chef Bobby Flay and his team of haute hotties Rene Forsberg and Christine Sanchez.  In 2007 I interviewed Bobby for ‘Zalea Magazine.  You probably can’find a copy of that issue anymore but you can enjoy the interview in my Kindle single Dinner Conversations: 39 Interviews with America’s Favorite Culinary Movers and Shakers.

The judges for Battle: Caviar were Cady Huffman, Simon Majumdar and Laura Calder.

Check below for the outcome.

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Flay                   Knibb
Taste: 19                Taste: 14
Plating: 12              Plating: 12
Originality: 13        Originality: 11
Total: 44                 Total: 38

ICA: Flay/Symon vs. Garces/Forgione

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There are few things better than a Iron Chef on Iron Chef show down.  Tonight on a special Iron Chef was the annual Battle: Thanksgiving with Bobby Flay and Michael Symon teaming up to take on the last two Next Iron Chef winners Jose Garces and Marc Forgione.

These types of battles are always fun.  There’s no mystery – you know in advance who the competitors are, what the theme is and all that is left is to make some of the best Thanksgiving food ever.  Ever.

The judges for tonight’s Battle: Thanksgiving were Karine Bakhoum, Henry Winkler and Cady Huffman.  This was the first time in Kitchen Stadium for the Fonz.

Check below for the outcome.

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Flay/Symon                  Garces/Forgione
Taste: 29                      Taste: 25
Plating: 15                    Plating:  14
Originality: 15              Originality: 15
Total: 59*                     Total: 54

*One point shy of a perfect score.

ICA: Flay vs. Staib

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Philadelphia’s Walter Staib is a German-trained chef with a passion for food history. Will his battle against Iron Chef Flay go down in history as a thrilling victory or a crushing defeat?

Walter StaibChef Walter Staib is one of the most decorated chefs in America.  He’s been bringing home the hardware since the mid 1980’s and is still going strong, three awards already this year.  He’s been cooking professionally since taking his first job in 1960.  In the strictest European tradition it was an apprenticeship at the historic five-star Hotel Post in the Black Forest near Nagold, Germany.  Still in operation today, the hotel has played host to world leaders dating back to Napoleon Bonaparte.

Chef Staib made the rounds in Europe working in other restaurants in Germany as well as Switzerland, before taking his first US post at Chicago’s Mid America Club in 1969 and so on and so forth to England, Thailand, Brazil, France.  In 1989 he added hospitality consultant to his resume when he launched Concepts By Staib, Ltd.  Today he commands the kitchen at City Tavern Restaurant in Philadelphia and is the host of the Emmy winning A Taste of History.  He recently became an author with the publication of The City Tavern Cookbook: karRecipes from the Birthplace of American Cuisine.

Chef Staib’s vaunted career has taken him all over the world spanning four continents but Kitchen Stadium is a different animal for there awaits Iron Chef Bobby Flay.  The judges for Battle: Short Ribs were Karine Bakhoum, Cady Huffman, John T Edge and Nina Griscom.

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Flay                   Staib
Taste: 34                Taste: 23
Plating: 17              Plating: 11
Originality: 18        Originality: 11
Total: 69                 Total: 45

ICA: Symon vs. Johnson

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Challenging Chef Wayne Johnson traded in an accounting career for a life in the kitchen. Can he count on a win against Iron Chef Michael Symon, or will his record be in the red?

Wayne Johnson comes to the Emerald City (Seattle) from the Bluegrass State (Kentucky) with a stop over in Spain (Spain).  The Appalachian chef laid the Chef Wayne Johnsonfoundation for his Andalusian cuisine first by studying at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.  After matriculating in Napa Vally he was off for a year in Spain honing those skills.

Today he is the executive chef at Andaluca in Seattle’s Mayflower Hotel.  Prior to that Chef Johnson served the same position at San Francisco’s Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel.  Under Johnson Andaluca has flourished receiving countless honors and features in monthlies like Seattle Magazine, Esquire Magazine and of course Zagat’s.

Waiting for Johnson is Iron Chef Michael Symon, who has passed Mario Batali for the third most battles of any American Iron Chef.  Symon still sports in astonishing 82% winning percentage.  Day-yum!

The judges for Battle: Cucumber were Alison Sweeney, Michael Ruhlman and Cady Huffman.

Check below for the outcome.

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Symon                Johnson
Taste: 25                Taste: 20
Plating: 10              Plating: 10
Originality: 10       Originality: 8
Total: 45                Total: 38

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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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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
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