Hastings: Battle Sausage
Chris Hastings, a born-and-bred Southern chef who
teaches that food should be seasoned with people that
you care about deeply. His creations can be sampled at
the Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, AL. Today, it's
southeast meeting southwest in a battle against the best
of the best... Iron Chef Bobby Flay.
Renee Forsberg & Damien Brassel, sous-chefs
Sedesh Boodram & Rob McDaniel, sous-chefs
Varieties of sausage, including chorizo, Merguez, Italian, kielbasa, and
Each chef must create a five-course
dinner, with each course utilizing the theme ingredient, within 60
minutes. The judges will score the dishes on a 20-point scale: 10 points
taste, 5 points plating and presentation, 5 points creativity and use of
theme ingredient. The chef that best articulates the theme through
their dishes wins.
The battle clock is set at 60 minutes, which will start
when the Chairman, with full heart and empty stomach, utters the words
of his dear uncle.... "Allez cuisine!"
And Battle Sausage is ON! Flay starts
with some cockles, while Hastings believes that he's been given a gift
with this theme ingredient. He's looking for flavors that marry best
with the ingredient.
- Actor Anthony Anderson ("Law & Order")
- Restauranteur/cookbook writer Donatella Arpaia
- Food writer Simon Majumdar ("The Next Iron Chef")
TASTING & JUDGMENT
- Hot & Sweet Italian Sausage Filled Crepe
- Chicken Andouille Sausage with Figs
- Polenta with Sausage & Cockles
- Chorizo Empanada
- Merguez with Poached Egg
- Chicken Andouille Ravioli with Sweet Corn Broth
- Southern Bouillabaisse
- Kielbasa Sandwich with Peach Slaw
- Lamb Sausage Crepinette
- Italian Sausage with Rabbit Roulade with a classic Southern succotash and a
little peach moonshine
The flavors are varied with the distinct
dishes that Flay has put forth. With each course something was
surprising, and with each choice came a winner on Flay's dishes.
Hastings' dishes varied in texture. Some won, some didn't, some were
neat, but some were clunky. He ends up hitting it out of the park with
his final dish but will it be enough to save him, or does the Iron Chef
mark another one for the home team? Whose cuisine reigns supreme?
The verdict... by one. Sweet. Point....
... 53-52 in favor of
Challenger Chris Hastings. Despite having lost the edge
in flavor, Hastings' plating and perhaps his bit of the
shine gave him the razor-thin edge in this battle. A win
is win is a win, and the Alabama boy will take it.
Until next battle, we bid
you good eating.
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