Archive for the ‘Iron Chef America’

In Case You Missed It…OMG! ELV at FN on ICA was A-OKAY

December 12, 2011 By: John Curtas Category: Chefs, Critics, Food, Food Network, Iron Chef America 3 Comments →

The Chairman and Kevin Brauch

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In case you missed it, Iron Chef America aired Battle Tilapia last night on Food Network.

ELV missed it, because no one gave him fair warning the episode was about to air. We found out at dinner at Due Forni, where they were nice enough to bump the football game for a few minutes to watch us try to treat tilapia as something trenchantly tasteful.

The episode will be repeated this coming Saturday at 5 pm.

Battle Tilapia

Episode IA1018H

Tune in:

Dec. 17th, 2011

5:00 PM ET/PT

Iron Chef Marc Forgione battles young New York-based chef Nick Curtin in Kitchen Stadium.

For the record, Marcella Ruth Schroader Curtas (d.o.b. 8.10.24 – The Official Mother of ELV) insists that we set the record straight about Mrs. Paul’s Fish Sticks. “I never served them to you,” she claims. If not, ELV has no idea where he developed such a loathing for the crispy little fishy fritters.

EATALY is Awesome…and other New York Stories

August 15, 2011 By: John Curtas Category: Chefs, Food, Food Network, Iron Chef America, Liquor/Liqueur/Libations, Travel, Wine 6 Comments →

The trouble with traveling to New York is, you’re usually with people who are under the impression there are things to do there other than eat and drink. – ELV

New York is the greatest restaurant city in the world.Daniel Boulud

Everyone knows ELV hearts New York City. He’s from Connecticut, lived an hour’s drive from mid-town for five years back in the 80s, and knows the restaurant territory there almost as well as he does Las Vegas’. Amazingly, after at least a hundred trips there, he still gets a tingle whenever he’s awakened from his red-eye slumber to see the sun rising over Manhattan (“Ah, civilization!” are the words and thoughts that immediately spring to his mind.):

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After checking in to the Gansevoort Hotel, smack dab in the middle of the meat-packing district, we considered polishing off our hunger at Pastis (right out our window):

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Jet Tila Goes Out with a Bang

August 11, 2011 By: John Curtas Category: Chefs, Events, Food, Food Network, Iron Chef America, Wake 1 Comment →

Jet Tila’s Iron Chef America viewing party at Insert Coins Sunday night provided a nice, if poignant piece of punctuation to the ending of his praiseworthy pursuits and presence in these parts.

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New York Stories

August 11, 2010 By: John Curtas Category: Chefs, Critics, Events, Food, Food Network, Iron Chef America, Liquor/Liqueur/Libations, Reviews, Travel 1 Comment →

ELV note: As most of you know, ELV hearts the Big Apple. He lived just outside of it (in Danbury, CT) between 1985-1990, and never tires of its energy and its eateries. Below is a quick travelogue of our four days there last week, concentrating on — what else? — food and restaurants. Some misguided souls (like The Food GalĀ®) are under the impression there are things to do in New York City other than eat and drink, and for this they have our sympathies.

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Iron Chef America 2010 – Lessons Learned

August 05, 2010 By: John Curtas Category: Critics, Events, Food, Food Network, Iron Chef America, Travel 5 Comments →

Here’s what ELV learned from his taping of Battle __________! at the Food Network studios in New York two days ago. (Of course, we can’t tell you what the secret ingredient was, nor who won, but we can say it was a battle royale, a fight to the finish, with a whole heap of great dishes that had us judges dropping our forks and howling with appreciation.):

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