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ICA: Flay vs. Greenspan – Outcome

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

The judges for Battle: Goose were Cady Huffman, Donatella Arpaia and Andrew Knowlton.

Flay                        Greenspan
Taste: 22                     Taste: 22
Plating: 9                    Plating:  10
Originality: 8               Originality: 12
Total: 39                      Total: 44

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ICA: Flay vs. Greenspan

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Epic.  That is the best word to describe the pending battle between LA’s Eric Greenspan and NYC’s Bobby Flay.  This episode has “sweeps period” written all over it.  What better way to put to bed season 8, the longest and most adventurous season to date of America’s best TV cooking competition.

Eric Greenspan Iron Chef AmericaGreenspan is a fixture on the US dining scene; a bona fide star.  Greenspan was born Jersey, raised in California and forged in the kitchens of the Big Apple.  He has spent time working at Bouley, Union Pacific, Essex House and even El Bulli.  He has learned under the great chefs of our era like David Bouley, Rocco DiSpirito, Alain Ducasse and Ferran Adria.

Chef Eric’s own star burst onto the scene at Patina in Los Angeles.  At Patina, Greenspan was charged with pampering guests with seasonal tasting menus, gourmet cheeses, caviar service, and an award-winning wine list.  From there Greenspan took over the kitchen of Meson G which was like a shooting star having rocketed to the A list and then burning out all in a brief period of time.

Today Eric Greenspan is the chef/owner of the highly popular The Foundry on Melrose Place which the chef describes as “fine dining restaurant for the every day man.”  The Foundry is famous for making the best burger in LA and the best grilled cheese sandwich in the known universe.  The trip to Kitchen Stadium is one that Greenspan has been on for quite a while.  He came up just short of his goal in last year’s Next Iron Chef competition which was won by Jose Garces but now his time has come.

Foundry's ICA Tasting MenuBased on Chef Greenspan’s tasting menu for the Iron Chef viewing party at Foundry Sunday night I’m going to go out on a limb and say the secret ingredient is goose.  Of  course it could be a phony.  If so then I guess it is my goose that has been cooked.

The judges for Battle: Goose were Cady Huffman, Donatella Arpaia and Andrew Knowlton.

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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ICA: Garces vs. Fukushima – Outcome

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

The judges for Mahi Mahi were Susan Ungaro, Anthony Anderson and Michelle Bernstein.

Garces                         Fukushima
Taste: 27                     Taste: 25
Plating: 11                    Plating:  15
Originality: 12               Originality: 15
Total: 50                      Total: 55

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ICA: Garces vs. Fukushima

When Katsuya Fukushima enters Kitchen Stadium he will be on familiar ground.  Fukushima has been here before. . . and won.  In April 2007, the incredible Jose Andres took on Iron Chef Bobby Flay in Battle: Goat and Fukushima was there acting as sous chef for Andres.

Katsuya Fukushima and Ruben GarciaFukushima will not be alone as he is bringing fellow Andres disciple Ruben Garcia of Washington DC’s MiniBar with him.  Fukushima himself is still part of the Andres empire as he heads up the kitchen at Cafe Atlantico, also in DC.  Both restaurants are part of Andres’ Think Food Group which is made up of eight eateries and José Andrés’ Catering with Ridgewells.

Fukushima attended the L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  Upon graduation in 1996 he took a job working the line at Vidalia under Jeffrey Buben.  After Vidalia he then worked at Cashion’s Eat Place, The National Press Club and Jaleo. . . all at the same time!  Jaleo is Andres’ flagship restaurant, a tapas bar in Bethesda, MD and it wasn’t long before the young chef dedicated himself to just the one job.

As part of his mentorship of Fukushima, Andres sent him to work and learn at Verbena in New York and an inspiring season at el Bulli under Ferran Adria, Fukushima was then named the Chef de Cusine position at Café Atlántico and Minibar.

Waiting for Chef Fukushima is the newest Iron Chef, Jose Garces.  Garces, who had been rumored to be leaving Iron Chef: America is in fact back and looking to continue his undefeated streak.

The judges for Mahi Mahi were Susan Ungaro, Anthony Anderson and Michelle Bernstein.

Click HERE for the outcome.

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