Joshua Applestone

ICA: Flay vs. Isidori

ICA: Flay vs. IsidoriIron Chef Bobby Flay faces off against challenger Joe Isadori. Chef Isadori is the executive chef at Southfork Kitchen in Bridgehampton, New York. Judges are Joshua Applestone, Georgia Pellegrini and Glen Davis.

Joe IsidoriJoe Isidori comes from a long line of chefs. Throughout his childhood and adolescence he trained in his father’s kitchens, and at 21 he was awarded a scholarship to attend The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. Isidori was snatched up by the Nemo Restaurant Group in Miami Beach, Florida, upon graduation and served as their chef de cuisine. But it wasn’t too long before his talents were noticed by real estate mega-millionaire Donald Trump.

Isidori is now the executive chef at Southfork Kitchen in Bridgehampton, New York. He continues his commitment to sourcing sustainable seafood and local produce in the “East Coast Napa,” working with farmers, fisherman and winemakers to help showcase the true bounty of the East End of Long Island.

Chef Isidori has a résumé that is world class but there is no venue in the world like Kitchen Stadium especially when Iron Chef Bobby Flay is waiting for you in Battle: Strip Steak.

Check below for the outcome.

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Flay                   Isadori
Taste: 27                Taste: 25
Plating: 15              Plating: 10
Originality: 13        Originality: 15
Total: 55                 Total: 50

Review: The Butcher’s Guide to Well-Raised Meat

In 2004, Joshua and Jessica Applestone (in a self-described act of craziness) opened Fleisher’s Grass-fed & Organic Meats in Kingston, New York, in an effort to provide locals (and themselves) with sustainable meat—and managed to The Butcher’s Guide to Well-Raised Meatcreate an old-school nose-to-tail butcher shop with a modern-day mission. Seven years later, Joshua and Jessica have revived a lost art. They are the go-to experts on well-raised meat, and along with Alexandra Zissu, have put together the ultimate guide to buying, cutting, and cooking meat that you can feel good about eating. Joshua, a third-generation butcher and former vegan, and Jessica, a former vegetarian, are advocates for humanely and ecologically raised meat, and they promote their craft through their wildly popular classes at Fleisher’s.

Despite what those crazy ass Vegans tell you, the human body needs meat.  There is nothing that sprouts, blooms or fruits that can replace it in our diet.  For those with “ethical” concerns about meat then The Butcher’s Guide to Well-Raised Meat is exactly what you need.  After suffering some of the many ills that come from a Vegan diet Josh Applestone decided to return to an omnivore’s diet and to go about butchering the right way.  He and his wife Jessica have really set down great guidelines so that you too can do it.

In The Butcher’s Guide to Well-Raised Meat you will learn how to tell the difference between properly raised meat and the crap at your local mega mart.  The Applestone’s provide help in finding ethical butchers and just as importantly how to cook it.  I absolutely love this book and I think you will too.

ICA: Symon vs. Brock – Outcome

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

The judges for Battle: Pork Fat were Lorrie Morgan, Joshua Applestone and Karine Bakhoum. If you haven’t already be sure to read my exclusive interview with Iron Chef Michael Symon.

Symon                          Brock
Taste: 29                      Taste: 23
Plating: 15                    Plating:  15
Originality: 13               Originality: 13
Total: 57                      Total: 51

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ICA: Symon vs. Brock

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Charleston, SC is one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the New World.  It combines Old South charm with modern luxury as it is not just full of Antebellum homes and oak lined streets but it also boasts a very creative restaurant scene.  Take for instance the recently opened Sazerac in in the city’s downtown.  To head up the kitchen at their newest venture Neighborhood Dining Group tabbed native son Sean Brock.

Chef Sean BrockBrock started his career at the award-winning Peninsula Grill in Charleston under Chef Robert Carter.  Since then he has graduated from Johnson & Wales and completed apprenticeships with Chefs Rick Tramanto, Gale Gand, Grant Achatz and Paco Roncero of La Terraza del Casino in Madrid.

Stints as executive chef at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, VA and the historic Hermitage Hotel in downtown Nashville, TN before returning home to Charleston accepting the executive chef position at McCrady’s Restaurant.  Brock’s creativity and field-to-table experience at McCrady’s Restaurant lead to a 2010 James Beard Award, the Oscar’s of the restaurant industry.

At Sazerac, Brock has created an atmosphere centered around farm-fresh ingredients, classic cocktails and Southern hospitality.  In Kitchen Stadium, Brock will have to face the best Iron Chef in terms of winning percentage, Michael Symon.  This episode was actually shot during season 8 but was canned until the new season that began two weeks ago with Marc Forgione’s first defense and win as an Iron Chef followed last week with Iron Chef Garces ending his two battle skid with a 70-67 win over Mike Lata.

The judges for Battle: Pork Fat were Lorrie Morgan, Joshua Applestone and Karine Bakhoum. If you haven’t already be sure to read my exclusive interview with Iron Chef Michael Symon.

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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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
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