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ICA: Forgione vs. Zimmerman

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Iron Chef Marc Forgione faces off against challenger Andrew Zimmerman, executive chef at Sepia in Chicago. Judges for Battle: Cream Cheese are Mario Rizzotti, Alison Sweeney and Jason Sobocinski.

Andrew Zimmerman SepiaGrowing up in New York in the ‘80’s, Andrew Zimmerman’s childhood goal was to be a rock star. He pursued music into his early 20’s, supporting his dream by working in local restaurant kitchens. Over the years, he realized that he was a better cook than musician, and that his true calling was in the kitchen. He worked for nearly three years under Renato Sommelia, whom he cites as one of his strongest culinary mentors, and then enrolled in the prestigious French Culinary Institute. Zimmerman graduated first in his class in 2000 and never looked back.

After three years working on the East Coast, Zimmerman was ready to make a move. Drawn to Chicago by the abundance of world-class restaurants, he accepted a position at the Park Hyatt Chicago working alongside Sandro Gamba. In 2004, he met restaurateur Terry Alexander, who hired him as Executive Chef at MOD. From there, the duo opened widely acclaimed del Toro.  Zimmerman followed that up with a stop at NoMI where he met restaurateur Emmanuel Nony, and the following year, Nony offered Zimmerman the executive chef position at Sepia.

Zimmerman’s cuisine at Sepia blends rustic and contemporary styles, with flavors influenced primarily by the Mediterranean and France. His food is direct and seasonally based, utilizing product from local and regional farms whenever possible. Under Zimmerman’s direction, Sepia received a sought-after star rating from the Michelin Guide in 2010.

Chef Zimmerman’s reputation is indeed impressive but so is Iron Chef Marc Forgione.

Check below for the outcome.

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Forgione Zimmerman
Taste 23 23
Originality 12 14
Plating 12 12
Total 47 49

ICA: Forgione Brothers vs. Campanaro Brothers

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Two teams of culinary brothers meet in Kitchen Stadium. Iron Chef Marc Forgione teams up with his brother, Bryan, to face off against Challenger Joey Campanaro and his brother Lou. Joey Campanaro makes his second appearance in Kitchen Stadium, having previously been bested by Iron Chef Cat Cora in Battle Venison. Judges are Cady Huffman, Mario Rizzotti and Anya Fernald.

Joey Campanaro was raised in an Italian-American household in Philadelphia where the food of his childhood inspired him to make cooking his vocation.  With a culinary approach firmly rooted in his Campanero BrothersItalian grandmother’s kitchen and honed in a range of America’s top restaurants, Joey brings a lifelong affinity for Mediterranean cuisine to every dish he creates.

Lou Campanaro has always loved his family and loved to cook.  At his new Philadelphia restaurant, Village Belle, he gets to incorporate those two things into his daily life, working in the kitchen alongside his brother Joey.  Leo was also on Joey’s last team to enter Kitchen Stadium.

Bryan Forgione is the son of one of America’s great chefs, Larry Forgione – the godfather of modern American cuisine.  Bryan is also the little brother of Iron Chef Marc Forgione who earned his title by winning Next Iron Chef 3.  The younger Forgione is also the executive chef at Society Café Encore in Las Vegas so he’s no slouch either.

This battle of the brothers should prove interesting with a secret ingredient like parmigiana reggiano.  If you haven’t yet, make sure you check out my exclusive interview with Iron Chef Marc Forgione (HERE).

Check below for the outcome.

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Forgiones           Campanaros
Taste: 25                Taste: 21
Plating: 13              Plating: 12
Originality: 15         Originality: 10
Total: 53                 Total: 43

ICA: Morimoto vs. Amoroso

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This week on Iron Chef: America we get to revisit the 2009 battle between Chef Anthony Amoroso from Michael Mina in Las Vegas.  He enters Kitchen Stadium to take on legendary Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto in Battle: Branzino.

Anthony AmorosoIf you aren’t interested in re-watching the rerun read on for the score.  In the meantime here’s an excerpt from an interview with Anthony Amoroso from nj.com:

Amoroso, a Jersey native who is now the executive chef at the Borgata’s SeaBlue in Atlantic City, used a light hand to showcase the fish, opting for simple but elegant preparations, including a crudo with avocado puree and basil gelee (okay, that was a little fancy-schmancy); a tartare with oil-cured black olives atop a candied blood orange; smoked branzino with star anise and cinammon; a trio featuring pickled, sauteed and fried branzino; and a Pernod and fennel-infused pot pie.

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The judges for the battle were Mario Rizzotti, Jeffrey Steingarten and Akiko Katayama.  Any way, the challenger won out by a score of 49-47.

 

ICA: Symon vs. Hearst – Outcome

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

The judges for Battle: Mozzarella were Mario Rizzotti, Donatella Arpaia and David Rocco. If you haven’t already be sure to read my exclusive interview with Iron Chef Michael Symon and/or my exclusive interview with judge David Rocco.

Symon                    Hearst
Taste: 27                Taste: 24
Plating: 13               Plating: 12
Originality: 13          Originality: 12
Total: 53                 Total: 48

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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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