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Chef Gadsby Participates in Iron Chef Competition

SEASON FOUR OF “IRON CHEF AMERICA” BEGINS PRODUCTION IN OCTOBER

THE COMPETITION IS SIZZLING: IRON CHEFS MARIO BATALI, BOBBY FLAY, MASAHARU MORIMOTO and CAT CORA ARE BACK TO BATTLE THEIR WORLD RENOWNED CULINARY PEERS

New York, September 7, 2006 – The heat will be turned up on the set of Iron Chef America next month when the red-hot American Iron Chefs return to Kitchen Stadium to begin production on a fourth season of the cult classic Food Network series, set to air in February 2007. From Friday, October 6th through Tuesday, October 24th, Iron Chefs Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto and Cat Cora will go head to head against celebrated challengers from across the country all attempting to take home the title of Kitchen Stadium victor. The Iron Chefs have been sharpening their skills since last season and are prepared to take on a new batch of competition. 

Challengers this season include such celebrated chefs as Chris Cosentino, executive chef of San Francisco restaurant Incanto; David Myers, chef and co-owner of Los Angeles restaurant Sona; Graham Elliot Bowles, chef de cuisine of Chicago’s Avenues; 2006 Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington Chef of the Year and chef of Washington’s Café Atlantico Jose Andres; Executive chef Tony Liu of New York’s August restaurant; Michael Carlson, one of Food and Wine’s 2006 Best New Chefs and Chef of Schwa in Chicago; Owner and chef of Ford’s Filling Station Ben Ford; Chef of New York’s A Voce Andrew Carmellini, the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef New York for 2005; Tim Love, chef and owner of The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro in Fort Worth, Texas; Robert Gadsby, executive chef of Noé in Los Angeles and Houston and 676 Restaurant and Barin Chicago; Peter Kelly, chef and owner of Hudson Valley restaurants Xaviar's at Piermont, The Freelance Cafe and Wine Bar and Restaurant X & The Bully Boy Bar; Todd Richards executive chef of The Oakroom in Louisville, KY; Marc Murphy, chef and owner of New York’s Landmarc restaurant; Mary Dumont, chef of The Dunaway Restaurant at Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, NH and one of Food and Wine’s 2006 Best New Chefs; Lynn Crawford, executive chef at the Four Seasons in Toronto and host of Food Network Canada’s Restaurant Makeover; Kurt Boucher Executive Chef at the Pine Creek Cookhouse in Aspen, CO;  Alexandra Guarnaschelli, executive chef of Butter in New York City; Charles Clark, chef/owner of Ibiza Food and Wine Bar in Houston, TX; Mark Tarbell, owner of Tarbell’s in Phoenix and co-owner of The Oven in Lakewood Colorado; Fortunato Nicotra, chef of Felidia in New York; and Linton Hopkins, winner of The Taste of Atlanta’s 'Iron Chef America' Challenger Search and chef of Restaurant Euguene.

Scoring the work of this top tier culinary talent are a panel of judges including Queer Eye’s Ted Allen; comedian Mo Rocca; TONY award winning, Broadway actress Cady Huffman; Vogue’s acclaimed food writer Jeffrey Steingarten; Food & Wine’s Dana Cowin; restaurant publicist Karine Bakhoum; Japanese food writer Akiko Katayamo; Donatella Arpaia co-owner of Davidburke and Donatella; Author of Back to the Table: The Reunion of Food and Family Art Smith; The Early Show co-host Julie Chen; fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi; actress Julie White; Bon Appétit associate editor Andrew Knowlton; author of Negotiating with Imperialism: The Unequal Treaties and the Culture of Japanese Diplomacy Michael Auslin and Tyler Grey, owner of Mikuni Wild Harvest.

Food Network’s resident food historian/scientist, Alton Brown (Good Eats), will return as a commentator from the sidelines.  Brown will offer his play-by-play analyses and personal insights as ingredients are added and the excitement builds.  Fine Living’s Thirsty Traveler, Kevin Brauch, will be in the midst of the action as he reports from the floor of Kitchen Stadium.

Bobby Flay is the host of Food Network’s Boy Meets Grill, BBQ with Bobby Flay and Throwdown with Bobby Flay and is owner of Mesa Grill, Bolo and Bar Americain in New York, Mesa Grill in Las Vegas and Bobby Flay Steak in Atlantic City.  He has authored several best-selling cookbooks, including Boy Meets Grill, Boy Gets Grill and Bobby Flay’s Grilling For Life.  Mario Batali, owner of New York City restaurants Babbo, Lupa Esca, Otto Enoteca Pizzeria, Casa Mono, Bar Jamon and Del Posto, has authored such popular cookbooks as The Babbo Cookbook, Mario Batali Simple Italian Food: Recipes from My Two Villages, and most recently, Molto Italiano: 327 Simple Italian Recipes to Cook at Home.  An original Japanese Iron Chef, Masaharu Morimoto is world-renowned for his Japanese cuisine served with a French flare.  He has worked at the famous Nobu restaurant in New York and is currently the Chef/Owner of Morimoto in Philadelphia and New York.  Cat Cora has worked with top chefs in New York, Napa Valley, San Francisco and France, and studied with two of France's three-star Michelin chefs.  She is the author of Cat Cora’s Kitchen: Favorite Meals for Family and Friends.

Iron Chef America is produced by Triage Entertainment in conjunction with Food Network and is based on the format owned by Fuji Television Network, Inc.

FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network and website that strive to be way more than cooking.  The network is committed to exploring new and different ways to approach food - through pop culture, competition, adventure, and travel - while also expanding its repertoire of technique-based information. Food Network is distributed to more than 90 million U.S. households and nine million website users. With headquarters in New York City and offices in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and Knoxville, Food Network can be seen internationally in Canada, Australia, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Monaco, Andorra, Africa, France, and the French-speaking territories in the Caribbean and Polynesia. The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE:SSP), which also owns and operates Home & Garden Television Network (www.hgtv.com), Do It Yourself (www.diynetwork.com), Great American Country (www.gactv.com) and Fine Living (www.fineliving.com), is the manager and general partner.

 

 


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