ICA: Zakarian vs. Ferraro

ICA: Zakarian vs. FerraroIron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian faces off against challenger Michael Ferraro, executive chef at Delicatessen and Macbar in New York City. Judges are David Rosengarten, Ching-He Huang and Phil Rosenthal.

Michael Ferraro Iron ChefA graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Michael Ferraro has worked in the kitchens of Beacon Restaurant, Mercer Kitchen and the Biltmore Room.  At Delicatessen he presents international comfort classics that incorporate elements from his Italian roots and classical French training.

His menu at delicatessen brings international comfort food to the crossroads of SoHo and NoLita serving familiar favorites with a twist for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night creating a friendly neighborhood vibe.

Chef Ferraro has a tall order as Geoffrey Zakarian has never tasted defeat as an Iron Chef.  Will Battle Peaches be Zakarian’s first lost?

Check below for the outcome.

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Zakarian            Ferraro
Taste: 24                Taste: 17
Plating: 18              Plating: 14
Originality: 13        Originality: 11
Total: 55                 Total: 42

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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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