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ICA: Morimoto vs Cora vs Symon

The first ever Iron Chef Three-way!

Iron Chef AmericaThe branches of the United States military always work together to protect the country, but there also is an intense competitive spirit among the divisions of the armed forces. The Army, Navy and Marines move their rivalry to Kitchen Stadium and join forces with three Iron Chefs in the ultimate Military Grill Battle. Iron Chefs Morimoto, Symon and Cora travel to Hawaii where each will team with a well-seasoned cook from a different branch of the military.

At the scenic and historic Marine Base Hawaii at Kane’ohe Bay on the island of Oahu, the Iron Chefs and their military cohorts must cook to impress a tough panel of judges highlighting the usage of a world class grill and a bounty of Hawaiian ingredients in their culinary arsenal.

It’s good to see Cat Cora don her Iron Chef jacket one more (or is it one last?) time.  The judges for Battle: Ahi Tuna were Daniel Dae Kim, Sunny Anderson and Simon Majumdar

Check below for the outcome.

StarBanner Food Network Star Season 8 EP3 Recap

Morimoto Cat Cora Simon
Taste 25 24 26
Plating 13 12 12
Originality 13 12 15
Total 51 48 53

ICA: Cora vs. Mullen – Outcome

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

The judges for Battle Barracuda were Donatella Arpaia, Ed Levine, and Anya Fernald.

Cora                            Mullen
Taste: 26                     Taste: 24
Plating: 14                    Plating:  11
Originality: 14               Originality: 12
Total: 54                      Total: 47

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ICA: Cora vs. Mullen

What is it about Irish chefs and Latin flavors?  The top chef in America for traditional Mexican cuisine, Rick Bayless, is Irish.  No chef in America has done more for Southwestern cuisine than Bobby Flay, also Irish.  And one of the most respected chefs in the nation when it comes to the foods of Spain is Vermont’s own Seamus Mullen.

Seamus Mullen of BoqueriaMullen is the chef of Boqueria Flatiron and Boqueria SoHo.  But owning two well regarded Big Apple tapas bars is hardly the sum of Chef Seamus’ existence.  It wasn’t all that long ago that he was the chef of an experimental restaurant serving mostly raw fish and shellfish.  Then came a trip to Spain where Mullen spent time working in several cutting edge chefs.  Upon is his return he joined forces with restaurateur Yann de Rochefort to open Boqueria.

Things were going well for Seamus until one day he felt a sharp pain shooting through his hip.  It was more than annoying; it was paralyzing.  After a two week hospital stay he was diagnosed with debilitating a form of rheumatoid arthritis.  Although modern medicine has him back on his feet now it is likely that it will eventually disable the young chef.

With the hands of time turning a little faster, Mullen is packing as much living into his life as he can.  Last year he put up a strong showing on Food Network’s series the Next iron Chef but his bid came up short of Kitchen Stadium.  Well, that’s about to change as Seamus Mullen puts his unique take on Spanish cuisine up against Cat Cora’s Mediterranean with a Southern accent.

The judges for Battle Barracuda were Donatella Arpaia, Ed Levine and Anya Fernald.

If you haven’t already please check out the interview of Cat Cora done recently by Lindsay Mott of MS Digital Daily.

Click HERE for the outcome.

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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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