Giorgio Rapicavoli Wins Iron Fork 2013 (Photos)
As promised, it was a great battle at the Adrienne Arsht Center last evening as two of Miami's most talented chefs competed at Miami New Times' Iron Fork and Miami Spice Kickoff, presented by the Downtown Development Authority.
All photos by Laine Doss Jamie DeRosa and Giorgio Rapicavoli: friends do battle at Iron Fork.
Jamie DeRosa of Tongue & Cheek and Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House were the two culinary gladiators chosen for this foodie duel. Aided by their trusted sous-chefs, Lisa Odom (Tongue & Cheek) and Adriana Egozcue (Eating House), the chefs would have 45 minutes to create two dishes for the judges, Timon Balloo (Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill), Sean Brasel (Meat Market), and Daniel Serfer (Blue Collar).
As the chefs prepped for battle, we spoke with the judges to see if they had any insight into what the competition would bring.
Giorgio Rapicavoli shares a laugh with judges Timon Balloo and Daniel Serfer.
"It feels like it's a good matchup, " said Balloo, who added, "If Jamie focuses on the fundamentals, he'll have an edge, although Giorgio might do better in a fast competition." Serfer, the reigning 2012 Iron Fork champion, echoed the sentiment: "It's going to be a close match." Brasel summed it up, saying, "You never know what could happen. If there's a twist, Giorgio might be more qualified to handle it because of his Chopped experience, but I predict it's going to be super-close."