The day was a long one, but yesterday’s Stella Artois Iron Chef Tucson was a fun one. The event was held at the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa and included cooking demonstrations, booths with cooking equipment and foodstuffs, samples of food from an assortment of restaurants and lots and lots of beer and other spirits.
I was lucky to be a participant this year. Not as a chef – heaven forbid – but as a panel member in one of the many breakout sessions that were a part of the Iron Chef Culinary Event.
Along with Andi Berlin of Tucson.com (The Arizona Daily Star), Adam Lehrman of Tucson Foodie and with Matt Russell from On the Menu …Live who moderated the panel, we discussed the restaurant scene in Tucson – Past, Present and Future.
There were three sessions which drew good sized crowds. In between we ate and drank and chatted with the various providers that were a part of the event.
The chefs and their teams had one hour to prepare four courses using the secret ingredient (chocolate) in each dish. One dish had to incorporate Stella Artois.
Matt and Chef Jonathan Landeen, owner and executive chef Jonathan’s Cork were the emcees. Neither of these two would ever be described as shy, so the patter was lively with professional insights from Jonathan.
The good-sized audience watched (with up close views on mega-screens) as the chefs went at it.
Add the power going out due to a major storm and the competition was a great time.
It was difficult to see and hear the dishes but in the end Danny Perez prevailed.
A good time was had by all.