vs. Hearst: Battle Mozzarella
Chef Emma Hearst, the youngest challenger in Kitchen
Stadium history at 24 years, one month. She is a
graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and
currently runs the house at Sorella in her native
Manhattan. She wants to let the ingredients speak for
themselves. They had better, because the man she draws,
Iron Chef Michael Symon, is very fluent in cuisine.
Prepare for battle.
The Crib Sheet:
Katie Pickens & Derek Clayton, sous-chefs
Molly Nickerson & John Barker, sous-chefs
The Theme Ingredient: Several
varieties of Mozzarella cheese, including curds, fresh, and smoked.
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 Mozzarella is ON! The one
thing we do not feature at the altar are the shreds that we would called
MAH-zarella, because this is the real deal. Pulled by hand out of the
curds of buffalo milk, cooked. The word "mozzarella" comes from the
Italian "mozzare", meaning to pull or to cut away.
- Italian culinary specialist Mario Rizzotti (Academia Barilla)
- Restauranteur Donatella Arpaia ("The Next Iron Chef")
- Cooking Channel host David Rocco ("David Rocco's Dolce Vita")
"Five seconds... three... two... one... "
And Battle Mozzarella is history. Put it down and walk away.
TASTING & JUDGMENT
"Our approach is to keep it as simple as possible, because we just want to make
the ingredients dance around the mozzarella."
- Fresh Mozzarella Salad
- Burrata with Marinated Mussels
- Gnocchi with Smoked Mozzarella Cream
- Mozzarella Stuffed Meatball
- Mozzarella Shortcake
"Mozzarella is such a delicate ingredient, so you really want to showcase it,
all the different ways it could be used. I wanted to take you on a little tour
of Italy, things that I've seen when I was in those parts. And then a little bit
of interpretation of those parts."
- Mozzarella Pinwheel
- Smoked Mozzarella Arancini
- Spaghetti with Uni Vinaigrette
- Fig, Pancetta & Smoked Mozzarella Gratin
- Elvis Sandwich with Mozzarella
So youth vs. age, Northern vs. Southern,
and the home team vs. the visitor. It's taste that counts. Whose cuisine
... 53-48 in favor of
Iron Chef Jose Garces. A close match, but the Iron Chef
squeezes a sweep in the three key categories.
Until next battle, we bid
you good eating.
To see this episode in its entirety, go to