Chef Jose Garces proved once and for all that he's worthy of entering the pantheon of Iron Chefs in an ultimate showdown in Kitchen Stadium against Chef Jehangir Mehta.
Both chefs had been strong competitors throughout the competition, and their various fortes and foibles came into focus on "The Next Iron Chef" finale Sunday -- Garces with his technical expertise and Mehta with his innovation. A look back at the savory competition:
Prep time: Checking cable provider for show time and mixing a martini.
Cooking time: 60 minutes, the duration of the show
Serves: Viewing audience
1 Nimble chairman: Mark Dacascos
2 Rival chefs:
Chef Jose Garces
Chef Jehangir Mehta
Host Alton Brown
Stadium correspondent Kevin Brauch
Iron Chef Bobby Flay
Iron Chef Morimoto
Iron Chef Michael Symon
Secret ingredient: Racks & ribs, specifically: pork baby back ribs, country ribs and spare ribs; buffalo rack and loin; beef short ribs
The competitors had to create five dishes with the racks and ribs that best exemplified the American melting pot while of course using imagination and delivering excellent food.
The secret ingredient was particularly challenging because usually the meat would require longer cooking times to break down the connective tissue. So naturally, the chefs bust out the pressure cookers!
The hour flies by. Garces doesn't have any major problems, but he's slower to get to plating than Mehta, who of course busts out the ice cream machine. Only hiccup is when the lid on one of Mehta's pressure cookers refuses to budge (temporarily).
Note: Just a wish, but wouldn't it kick ass to see "Top Chef" Hung Huynh speeding around Kitchen Stadium and breaking records for deboning a chicken?
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