vs. Cowan: Battle Kale
Madison Cowan was born in the UK. He eventually went
from being homeless to the Tavern on the Green. His main
claim to fame nowadays? Being the first grand champion
of the Food Network game show "Chopped", Today, he hopes
to chop Iron Chef Jose Garces.
Amanda Freitag & Lance Nitahara, sous-chefs
Michael Fiorello & Dave Conn, sous-chefs
varieties of kale, including curly, straight, Tuscan, and Kavolo.
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 Kale is ON! Cowan starts with
eggs in the immersion circulator, while Garces is pureeing kale for many
applications. Interesting to see what we're going to deal with next...
here's one: beer in a saucier.
On one side of the world, you have the
standard Iron Chef team: one Iron Chef and two of his sous-chefs. On the
other, it looks like a team of "Chopped" all-stars, one grand champion,
one champion, and one judge. So it looks like we're dealing with Team
Chopped vs. Team Iron Chef.
- Farmer Lee Jones (The Chef's Garden)
- PR expert Karine Bakhoum (KB Network News)
- Chef/restauranteur Laurent Tourondel (defeated IC Flay in Battle Goat
Cowan is rushing to get finished, while
Garces finishes early. And after a bit of a scare, it looks like Cowan
has five dishes to submit for judgment...
TASTING & JUDGMENT
"We did go down to the wire, but I was able to actually put my love and my
soul on the plate, so I'm satisfied. I wanted to take you on a soul voyage using
- Kale Bubble & Squeak Cake.
- Kale and Corn Chowder
- Fried Chicken & Kale Waffles
- Pickled Kale and BBQ Sirloin
- Kale Lemon Gelato and Streusel
theme of my battle is showing the versatility of kale."
- Kale Fondue and Kale Grissini.
- Kale Charcuterie Plate
- Kale Carbonara
- Kale Southern Plate
- Kale Souffle and Kale Ice Cream
The kale gets a little hidden in the
plates of the challenger, but it ends up acting like a bit of poetry.
His creativity is on full display as we go around the world with kale.
And it ends up being an exciting story. The Iron Chef's counter is just
as versatile and just as creative. This will come down to the fine
details. So whose cuisine reigns supreme?
... 53-48 in favor of
Challenger Madison Cowan. A victory for the competitive
chef is a victory for Team Chopped. His bold flavors and
creativity leads him to the W in Kitchen Stadium.
Until next battle, we bid
you good eating.
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