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ICA: Morimoto vs. Tila

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Challenging Chef Jet Tila holds the Guinness World Record for World’s Largest Stir Fry. Will he throw Iron Chef Morimoto into the blazing wok, or will he be tossed to the flames?

Chef Jet Tila is extremely well respected throughout the world.  That’s probably an understatement.  Chef Jet’s Vegas restaurant Wazuzu is one of the top draws in Sin City and his prowess has seen him make guest appearances on Top Chef, The Best Of, Food Finds, The Secret Life Of, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Take Home Chef, Smart Solutions, Weekend Entertaining and more.

Here’s a piece of his bio from his web site:

Jet Tila Iron ChefLearning family traditions from his Cantonese grandmother further piqued his interest and in his early teens, Jet was making appetizers at his family’s restaurants. At 22, he was teaching cooking classes in his backyard – a phenomenon that caught the attention of the Los Angeles Times. Jet’s Le Cordon Bleu education coupled with his extensive knowledge of Asian gastronomy has given him a wide range of ideas to draw upon and a broad framework to create incomparable and innovative cuisine. In culinary school, Jet began to develop his style by seeking novel and inventive approaches to Eastern ingredients using classical French technique. Jet has also completed an intensive study program at the California Sushi Academy. Jet has written two cover stories and several articles for the Food section of the Los Angeles Times and has been featured in Los Angeles magazine.

I have yet to enjoy the flavors of Iron Chef Morimoto but I have been lucky enough to try Chef Jet’s food.  It is tremendously light and fresh with spices that perfectly toe the line between flavorful and delicate.  I would have killed a drifter to have been a judge on Battle: Seaweed.  But I wasn’t; Stefan Gates, Julie White and Michael Fernandez were.

Check below for the outcome.

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Morimoto             Tila
Taste: 27                Taste: 26
Plating: 14              Plating: 12
Originality: 14       Originality: 13
Total: 55                Total: 51

ICA: Flay vs. Hughes – Outcome

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

Judges for Battle: Canadian Lobster were John T. Edge, Karine Bakhoum and Stefan Gates.

Flay                    Hughes
Taste: 21         Taste: 22
Plating: 11       Plating: 11
Originality: 9    Originality: 12
Total: 41          Total: 45

Winner: Chef Hughes

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my exclusive interview with Iron Chef Bobby Flay.

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ICA: Flay vs. Hughes

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A special Iron Chef America pits Food Network against the Cooking Channel as Chuck Hughes (Chuck’s Day Off) is the first star from the kid sister network to enter Kitchen Stadium.  Waiting for him will be Iron Chef Bobby Flay, a veteran of 46 battles.  Will experience win out?

Chef Chuck HughesChuck Hughes is a veteran of the Montreal food scene.  He’s been working in “The City of Saints” since he left culinary school culminating in Garde Manger – an Old Town Montreal restaurant he opened with two friends in 2006.

Then came Chuck’s Day Off (read my review HERE) one of those outsourced Food Canada shows that make up a large part of the Cooking Channel’s initial line-up.    Here’s what they have to say about their star, “Chuck was on the fast track to a career in advertising, but somewhere along the way, fell in love with the restaurant business. He enrolled in culinary school, started working in the city’s hottest kitchens and hasn’t looked back since.”

Judges for Battle: Canadian Lobster were John T. Edge, Karine Bakhoum and Stefan Gates.  Chef Flay was once again assisted by Sous Chef Renee Forsberg (who I believe oversees Flay’s Mesa Grill outpost in the Bahamas).  Chef Renee was sporting her signature Pocahontas ponytails.  Also adding heat to Flay’s kitchen was the adorable Christine Sanchez, Culinary Director of the Iron Chef’s company, Bold Food.

If you haven’t already be sure to check out my exclusive interview with Iron Chef Bobby Flay (HERE).

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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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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