The Next Iron Chef Watch Party at Tudor House on Sunday
|Courtesy of Food Network|
|Root for the home team. Zakarian is throwing a party at Tudor House.|
This year's contestants read like a culinary who's who, with ten celebrity chefs battling for the title, including Anne Burrell, Michael Chiarello, Elizabeth Falkner, Alex Guarnaschelli, Chuck Hughes, Robert Irvine, Beau MacMillan, Spike Mendelsohn, Marcus Samuelsson, and Geoffrey Zakarian.
Zakarian is no stranger to Food Network shows, having been both contestant and judge on Chopped!, but The Next Iron Chef is proving to be a much larger challenge than even he expected.
When asked about filming, Zakarian wouldn't tell us if he won, but he did confide that he was against some stiff competition. "Well, it certainly was the hardest thing I have ever attempted", he said. "It's way harder than Chopped, and I didn't know that was possible. The first episode sort of tells it all!"
Tudor House is hosting a weekly watch party at the restaurant so Miamians can cheer Zakarian on to victory. Zakarian is chef/owner at the restaurant, located on the ground floor of the Dream South Beach Hotel.
Executive chef Jamie deRosa has planned a menu of free passed goodies, perfect for watching the show. Chicken live pate, house-marinated olives with nuts, and petit fours are some of the items up for grabs. Chef DeRosa will also be previewing baked goods from the Tudor House's new brunch menu, including homemade pop tarts.
Two televisions will be set up to watch the game. And yes, we'll call it a game, because while others have football, we have The Next Iron Chef.
The watch party begins at 8 p.m., giving you plenty of time to grab a complimentary
Moscow Mule and some munchies before the show's 9 p.m. start. No telling what will happen if chef Zakarian advances (and we've got money on it) -- but we're sure they'll be a celebration.
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Here's a video introducing the ten contestants:
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