vs. Paley: Battle Radish
Chef Vitaly Paley, raised in Kiev, Ukraine. Having moved
to New York to become a concert pianist, he abandoned
his Steinway for a stock pot. He worked in several
restaurants before opening his own, Paley's Place, in
Portland, OR. His food speaks to the local bounty of the
Pacific Northwest, as determined by the James Beard
Foundation. Today, he challenges the Latin maestro, Iron
Chef Jose Garces.
Prepare for battle.
The Crib Sheet:
Macgregor "Mac" Mann & Dave Conn, sous-chefs
Benjamin Bettinger & Patrick McKee, sous-chefs
The Theme Ingredient: Varieties of
radish to include daikon, baby daikon, cherry rosa, French breakfast,
black, watermelon, Easter egg, baby Easter egg, and cherry bomb.
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 Radish is ON! We have an
unprecedented 11 varieties on the altar. Both chefs have very
interesting takes on this vegetable. The issue will be fleeting flavors.
And Paley has brought turnips to a radish
party. How interesting.
- Cooking Channel host Bal Arneson ("Spice Goddess")
- Food writer Michael Ruhlman
- PR specialist Karine Bakhoum (KB Network News)
"Five seconds... three... two... one... "
And Battle Radish is history. Put it down and walk away.
TASTING & JUDGMENT
"I grew up in the former Soviet Union. I feel very comfortable with radishes,
feel right at home. Today, we're going to show you what we do with radishes
using the whole plant."
- International Radish Tasting
- Radish Greens and Ricotta Gnocchi
- Poached Halibut with Radishes a la Grecque
- Horseradish-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
- Watermelon Radish & Apple Tart Tatin
"I think the thing that can be challenging is that it's a very strong, pungent
flavor. We wanted to highlight the secret ingredient, but also let it show some
- Breakfast Radish Mosaic
- Daikon Noodles with Seared Toro
- Radish Pinxto with Sangria
- Radish Bratwurst
- Radish Congee
Both chefs used the radish in a sorbet,
but cooking from the roots will not be enough to win this battle. The
Iron Chef's world tour was a hit... with a few misses. The challenger,
same deal. Whose cuisine reigns supreme?
... 55-46 in favor of
Challenger Vitaly Paley. Close scores in the aesthetics
departments, but today, taste is where Vitaly Paley
earns his margin of victory.
Until next battle, we bid
you good eating.
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