vs. Medina: Battle Mexican Chocolate
Chef Julian Medina, born and raised in Mexico City,
where he honed his interest in Mexican cuisine. What he
does now is French techniques in Mexican ingredients,
which you can sample in his restaurant, Toloache in
Manhattan. Today, he challenges the only other Latin
chef in Kitchen Stadium, Iron Chef Jose Garces.
Prepare for battle.
The Crib Sheet:
Jessica Mogardo & Tim Spinner, sous-chefs
Venancio Tapia & JC Pavlovich, sous-chefs
Mexican French Fusion
The Theme Ingredient: Nuggets and
patties of Mexican chocolate, with and without almonds.
The Rules: Each chef must create a
five-course meal, 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 ingredient.
The chef that best articulates the theme ingredient
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 Mexican Chocolate is ON! The
fifth chocolate battle in Kitchen Stadium history, this one is dealing
with only the Mexican variety. It's a lot more grainy than standard
American fare. Nothing is in the chocolate other than roasted nibs
ground up with sugar and cinnamon. It is never conched, that is rolled
into the melt-in-your-mouth texture that we know of.
- Actor/host John O'Hurley ("Family Feud")
- PR specialist Karine Bakhoum (KB Network News)
- Master chocolatiers Michael & Rick Mast
"Five seconds... three... two... one... "
And Battle Mexican Chocolate is history. Put it down and walk away.
TASTING & JUDGMENT
- Scallop over Chocolate Tamal de Olla
- Arepa de Puerco: Pork Belly Slider
- Black Cod with Mancha Manteles
- Duck Breast with Chocolate Mole
- Chocolate Panna Cotta and Hot Chocolate
- Kobe Beef Tartare & Beet Tartare
- Mexican Chocolate Linguine with Smoked Duck
- Mexican Chocolate Tamale and Chocolate-Crusted Iberian Pork Loin
- Canela Waffle with Mexican Chocolate Sauce
- Mexican Chocolate Atole and Doughnuts with Mexican Chocolate Sauce
An interesting variation of flavors from
savory to sweet. This is going to be a close one. Whose cuisine reigns
supreme? By a very very... VERY... narrow margin...
... 72-71 in favor of
Iron Chef Jose Garces. It was a very close match indeed,
but the Iron Chef's creativity outscored the
challenger's taste by a razor-thin margin of one.
Until next battle, we bid
you good eating.
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