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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: Cora vs. Miranda – Outcome

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

The judges for Battle Bourbon were Donatella Arpaia, Kevin Smith and Alison Sweeney.

Cora                            Miranda
Taste: 26                     Taste: 26
Plating: 14                    Plating:  10
Originality: 11               Originality: 11
Total: 51                      Total: 47

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ICA: Cora vs. Miranda

Paul Miranda of Brookville Country ClubChef Paul Miranda has a rich culinary history having excelled both in the uber-competitive restaurant world and in the extravagant demands of the country club set.  Paul Miranda’s training began with a years under the James Beard Award winning Chef and Restaurateur Roberto Donna in Washington D.C. as well gatsro-genius Jean-Louis Palladin.  After roughly a decade of intense tutoring with these two culinary heavy weights, Miranda struck out on his own.

So those after days of guidance from Donna and Palladin, Chef Paul has head up the kitchens at David Bouley’s Danube and Bouley, the Polo Grill Restaurant at the Garden City Hotel and at the Honu Kitchen & Cocktails on Long Island where his creations earned Honu a spot on the six best restaurants on Long Island by The New York Times.

Miranda has also worked at elite country clubs in Muttontown and North Hempstead.  Today he heads up the kitchens of the Brookville Country Club in Old Brookville, New York.  At Brookville, Miranda uses his exemplary skills to craft menus that provide just the right amount of glamor.  But Kitchen Stadium is a whole different animal.  Waiting for Miranda will be Iron Chef Cat Cora.

The judges for Battle Bourbon were Donatella Arpaia, Kevin Smith and Alison Sweeney.

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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