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ICA: Forgione vs McClain

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After a summer nearly devoid of new ICA action this is the second fresh episode in a row.   This time, Iron Chef Marc Forgione faces off against challenger Shawn McClain, the executive chef at Sage, at Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Martin Yan, Ching-He Huang and Adam Richman are the judges for this battle.

Chef Shawn McClainShawn McClain, executive chef of Sage at ARIA Resort & Casino, has a knack for balancing innovative concepts with refinement and sensibility. His spirited New American menu takes the seasons as its departure point, tapping the freshness of California’s fertile environment to produce elevated flavor combinations interwoven with Mediterranean undercurrents.

A native of San Diego, Calif., and a 1990 graduate of the School of Culinary Arts at Kendall College in Evanston, Ill., McClain’s star rose quickly in the culinary world. He broke onto the national scene at Trio restaurant in Evanston, earning four stars from both the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times. There, his style came into focus, one that juxtaposes Eastern influence with Western foundations. After seven accolade-filled years, he left to open Spring – his homage to seafood. The restaurant opened in 2001 to extraordinary critical and consumer success. That same year, Spring was nominated for the James Beard Foundation’s Best New Restaurant award, and McClain was named Esquire magazine’s Chef of the Year. In 2002, he appeared in “40 Under 40,” Crain’s Chicago Business’ highly competitive list of who’s who in the city.

Chef McClain’s food had better be Zen perfect when he goes up against Iron Chef Marc Forgione in Battle: Tropical Ingredients.

Check below for the outcome.

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Forgione McClain
Taste 41 46
Plating 20 17
Originality 17 20
Total 78 83

Cooking Channel’s Hot Summer Line-up

Hosts Aasif Mandvi and Madhur JaffreySummer’s hot on our heels and it isn’t just the weather that’s heating things up. We’re ushering in the sunny season with a fresh new slate of series, seasons and specials for you to devour. Here’s a small taste of what’s to come.

Extreme dosas and more with Aasif Mandvi and Madhur Jaffrey.

Today’s Special: NY Indian
Actor and comedian Aasif Mandvi joins culinary legend Madhur Jaffrey on a hilarious weekend tour of Indian cuisine within the boroughs of New York City. They hit Madhur’s favorite haunts: from Manhattan cab stands to Little India in Jackson Heights, Queens, tasting the flavors of regional cuisine. Taking in all he’s learned, Aasif teams up with Chef Akhtar Nawab to create a fabulous birthday feast for his family and friends. Premieres Sunday, May 27 at 8pm ET.
Get a Taste of NY Indian

Host, G. GarvinG. Garvin explores the best in Southern cuisine.

Road Trip With G. Garvin
Acclaimed chef, cookbook author and host Chef Gerry Garvin, aka G., explores the best eats the South has to offer. From Atlanta to Savannah and beyond, G. meets the chefs, farmers and fishermen that make Southern cuisine some of the best in the world. Hit the road with G. when he embarks on his epic road trip. Premieres Tuesday, May 29 at 9pm ET.
Get the Low Down on G. Garvin

Tyler's Burger BarFire up the grill for Burger Week on Cooking Channel.

Burgers Week
A week-long celebration of everyone’s favorite summertime sandwich kicks off Monday, May 21 at 9pm ET with Build A Better Burger, in which competitors in beef and beef alternative categories have just three hours each to grill up a mouthwatering masterpiece. Then, from its roots in Europe to its phenomenal growth in the U.S., get your burger history fix on The Secret Life Of.. Hamburgers, Tuesday, May 22 at 9:30pm ET. Save some room though: United Tastes of America will be sampling some of the nation’s best burgers right after at 10pm ET, followed up by Unique Eats between the bun edition at 10:30pm ET. Plus, Bobby will be hosting an all-out burger throwdown, Thursday, May 24 at 9pm ET. Catch Burgers Week Monday, May 21st through Friday, May 25.

Baron AmbrosiaThe Baron Ambrosia travels in style.

The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia
Baron Ambrosia takes culinary consciousness to a whole new level. His discerning palate and passion for flavor lead him on an entire season’s worth of cross-country adventures, revealing American’s unsung heroes of culinary excellence. Along the way, the Baron finds himself tangled in stories of mystery, comedy and intrigue. Premieres Friday, June 1 at 10pm ET. Watch Last Fall’s Full Pilot Episode

Host, Ching-He HuangChing-He Huang finds the best noodle recipe. Ever.

Easy Chinese
Ching-He Huang has been on a mission to show viewers that they can prepare mouth-watering Chinese dishes using fresh, readily available ingredients, and now she’s back for another season. Join Ching as she finds new and exotic tastes in places like Los Angeles’ late night street scene and Flushing’s Chinatown, and stick around for when she brings all the new flavors back to her kitchen.
Premieres Saturday, June 2 at 8:30pm ET.
Get the Best Recipes from Season 1

Hosts, Roger Mooking and Elizabeth KarmelRoger Mooking teams up with grilling expert Elizabeth Karmel.

Red, White and Grill
Award winning ‘out of the box’ culinary artist, Chef Roger Mooking is teaming up with America’s premiere grilling expert, Chef Elizabeth Karmel to stampede over old fashion outdoor summer cuisine and bring a never before backyard grill-inspired menu to Austin, Texas. Get ready for St. Louis-Style Pork Ribs, Buffalo Burgers, Grilled Skillet Cornbread and Banana Leaf Wrapped Purple and White Potatoes for starters. Premieres Sunday, July 1.
Get Roger Mooking’s Best Recipes

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ICA: Zakarian vs. Ferraro

ICA: Zakarian vs. FerraroIron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian faces off against challenger Michael Ferraro, executive chef at Delicatessen and Macbar in New York City. Judges are David Rosengarten, Ching-He Huang and Phil Rosenthal.

Michael Ferraro Iron ChefA graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Michael Ferraro has worked in the kitchens of Beacon Restaurant, Mercer Kitchen and the Biltmore Room.  At Delicatessen he presents international comfort classics that incorporate elements from his Italian roots and classical French training.

His menu at delicatessen brings international comfort food to the crossroads of SoHo and NoLita serving familiar favorites with a twist for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night creating a friendly neighborhood vibe.

Chef Ferraro has a tall order as Geoffrey Zakarian has never tasted defeat as an Iron Chef.  Will Battle Peaches be Zakarian’s first lost?

Check below for the outcome.

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Zakarian            Ferraro
Taste: 24                Taste: 17
Plating: 18              Plating: 14
Originality: 13        Originality: 11
Total: 55                 Total: 42

Cooking Channel’s Big September Premieres

Cooking Channel September Highlights:
Series Premiere of Easy Chinese: San Francisco
Plus: Three Specials and an On-Air/Online Theme Week

Ching He HuangNEW YORK – August 18, 2011 –This September, Cooking Channel heads to the West Coast to get a taste of authentic Chinese cuisine in its original series Easy Chinese: San Francisco hosted by popular Cooking Channel face, Ching He-Huang. Ching shares tips on how to prepare tongue-tantalizing Chinese dishes including at-home recipes for takeout favorites and traditional dishes with a modern twist.

Cooking Channel also serves up three specials including Cooking School Confidential, which takes viewers behind-the-scenes to see what it takes to survive real-life trials at Johnson and Wales Culinary School Sunday, September 4th at 8pmET/5pmPT, and A Culinary Coup: The Launch of Ku De Ta follows Chef Dan Segall in Singapore as he puts together a staff and a menu in only two weeks airing Sunday, September 18th at 8pmET/5pmPT.

Cooking Channel also dives into the lives of individuals that obsessively hoard food in its special Food Hoarders premiering Sunday, September 25th at 8pmET/5pmPT. Celebrating food from around the world, Cooking Channel offers “Go Global” week Sunday, September 18th – Saturday, September 24th from 8-11pmET/5-8pmPT, and complements with ‘World’s Fare’, an online package dedicated to showcasing authentic cuisine from around the world.

Cooking Channel gets back on the road in September for its cross-country frozen treat tour celebrating its first birthday, join the fun and track the truck to a city near you. Be a part of the Cooking Channel conversation on Twitter and Facebook, and share photos of your favorite frosty, frozen ice cream treats on


Easy Chinese: San Francisco– Saturday, September 10th at 1pmET/10amPT
Cooking Channel explores Chinese cuisine with a contemporary, regional spin in the new 13-episode, half-hour original series Easy Chinese: San Francisco Ching-He Huang. Armed with her friendly style and vast knowledge, Ching is on a mission to show viewers how to prepare mouth-watering Chinese dishes with local, readily-available ingredients – using San Francisco’s vibrant Chinese community as a backdrop for the myriad options available. From Bay area outdoor markets and traditional noodle houses to San Francisco’s colorful Mission District, Ching hunts for the best fresh ingredients in each episode and then provides how-to tips to help any home cook prepare delicious, traditional dishes with a modern twist.

·         Premiering Saturday, September 10th at 1pmET/10amPT – “Wok Skills & Simple Stir Fries”
Ching brings her skills to Chinatown’s Wok Shop where she picks out, seasons and cleans a wok. After sharing a meal with the shop’s legendary owner, she heads to the Berkeley Bowl grocery store to pick up Chinese ingredient basics and whip up more quick dishes in her brand new wok. Recipes: Ginger, Grated Carrot, Sesame Green Beans; Three Cup Chicken with Garlic Spinach; Vegetable Lettuce Wraps; Yangzhou Fried Rice
·         Premiering Saturday, September 17th at 1pmET/10amPT –“Fast Food and Street Food”
Ching takes fast and easy food to the streets with treats like Paper-Wrapped Crispy Salt-and-Pepper Chicken. She teams up with the Chairman Bao Bun food truck to serve up grub the heart of San Francisco. Then, she scouts a prime spot for a friend-filled picnic beside the breathtaking Golden Gate Bridge. Recipes: Paper Wrapped Crispy Salt and Black Pepper Chicken; Braised Pork Belly Bao with Peanuts; Golden Gate Chili Ribs; Jasmine-Lemon Iced Tea
·         Premiering Saturday, September 24th at 1pmET/10amPT – “Sichuan Spice”
Father and daughter restaurateurs, Kathy and Peter Fang, invite Ching to their restaurant for a Szechuan feast. Inspired by the duo, she brings the heat with her own Szechuan-Style Crispy Shrimp. Then, at the San Jose Farmer’s Market, she gets her hot chili on with Kung Pao Beef and a spicy chocolate pick-me-up. Recipes: Mapo Dofu; Szechuan-Style Crispy Shrimp; Kung Pao Beef; Spiced-Chocolate Covered Fresh Fruit.

“Go Global” – Sunday Sept 18th – Sept 24th from 8-11pmET/5-8pmPT
Cooking Channel celebrates global cuisines and exotic locations with a full week of premiere and returning specials and episodes of fan-favorite Cooking Channel shows.

To complement the on-air programming, launches “World’s Fare” in mid-September, a complete collection of the best recipes, menus, tips and videos from cuisines around the globe. Dive into Italian favorites, Vietnamese specialties, Indian spices and curries, Chinese wok dishes, easy French fare, and the very best from the Caribbean. It’s a global party, with the best, most authentic dishes from around the world.


Cooking School Confidential – Premiering Sunday, September 4th at 8pmET/5pmPT
Cooking School Confidential follows four students as they pursue their culinary dreams at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte. The students include a mother of three with a full-time job, an Army veteran hoping to win an internship at the prestigious Alain Ducasse Culinary School in France, a forty-something chasing her passion for food and a professional cyclist attempting to juggle racing and school.

A Culinary Coup: The Launch of Ku De Ta – Premiering Sunday, September 18th at 8pmET/5pmPT
Singapore’s skyline has been transformed. The Marina Bay Sands resort now towers
over the city, and perched on top, Singapore’s most exciting new signature restaurant is slated to open. With only weeks to go, there’s no staff – just one man: Executive Chef Dan Segall, who will form a team and menu entirely from scratch. The clock is ticking, but Ku De Ta must open on time.

Stuffed: Food Hoarders – Premiering Sunday, September 25th at 8pmET/5pmPT
This special profiles the lives of three individuals that obsessively hoard food to debilitating degrees.


Brunch @ Bobby’s
Premiering Saturday, September 3rd at 2pmET/11amPT – “A Royal Brunch”
Premiering Saturday, September 10th at 2pmET/11amPT – “Brunch on the Go”
Premiering Saturday, September 24th at 2pmET/11amPT – “Brunch Americana”

Everyday Exotic
Premiering Saturday, September 3rd at 12:30pmET/9:30amPT – “Jerusalem Artichoke”
Premiering Saturday, September 10th at 12:30pmET/9:30amPT – “Tahini”
Premiering Saturday, September 17th at 12:30pmET/9:30amPT – “Pistachio”
Premiering Saturday, September 24th at 12:30pmET/9:30amPT – “Salt Cod”

Premiering Tuesday, September 6th at 9pmET/6pmPT – “Bar Food”
Premiering Tuesday, September 13th at 9pmET/6pmPT – “Sugar”
Premiering Tuesday, September 20th at 9pmET/6pmPT – “Greek”
Premiering Tuesday, September 27th at 9pmET/6pmPT – “Las Vegas”

Kelsey’s Essentials
Premiering Saturday, September 3rd at 2:30pmET/11:30amPT – “Indoor BBQ”
Premiering Saturday, September 10th at 2:30pmET/11:30amPT – “Small Plate Party”

The Perfect 3
Premiering Saturday, September 3rd at 4pmET/1pmPT – “Chicken”
Premiering Saturday, September 10th at 4pmET/1pmPT – “Sandwiches”
Premiering Saturday, September 17th at 4pmET/1pmPT – “Potato”
Premiering Saturday, September 24th at 4pmET/1pmPT – “Exotic”

United Tastes of America
Premiering Tuesday, September 6th at 10pmET/7pmPT – “Chicken Wings”
Premiering Tuesday, September 13th at 10pmET/7pmPT – “Noodles”
Premiering Tuesday, September 27th at 10pmET/7pmPT – “Beer”

Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day
Premiering Saturday, September 3rd at 3pmET/12pmPT – “Mexican Make Ahead”
Premiering Saturday, September 10th at 3pmET/12pmPT – “Make it Work”
Premiering Saturday, September 17th at 3pmET/12pmPT – “Fresh Start”
Premiering Saturday, September 24th at 3pmET/12pmPT – “Dinner and Dessert”

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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
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2010 Chef2Chef Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2010 Denay's Top 10 Best Food Blogs
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