Batali/Abou-Ganim vs. Gadsby/Albert

Ted Allen
Andrew Knowlton
Julie Reiner


Challenger stats: Chef Gadsby, Mixologists Abou-Ganim and Albert

Chef Robert Gadsby

From: Great Britain via Italy, France, Singapore and Thailand

Restaurants: Noe Restaurant & Bar (Los Angeles) & Noe Restaurant & Bar (Houston), 676 Restaurant & Bar (Chicago)

Cuisine: Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Progressive American

Interests: Spending time with family, travel, wine collecting

Ideal secret ingredient: Seafood

Culinary inspirations: David Burke, Alfred Portale, Alain Ducasse, Thomas Keller, Gray Kuntz, Evelyn (my mom)

Ideal judge: Drew Nieporent, Slim - my fiance (two of my heroes)

Culinary secret weapon: Magic Spoon

Favorite restaurant: Matsuhisa (Los Angeles), Alinea, Babbo, French Laundry/Per Se, Cafe Gray

Favorite food: Anything with seafood or vegetables and Indian cuisine

Food you won't go near: Durian

Weirdest thing you've ever eaten: Alligator

Favorite food destination: New York, Japan and Spain

Alternative dream job: Special Forces

Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim

From: Las Vegas

Restaurants: Brass Rail Bar

Cuisine: Cocktails, fizzes, collins, flips, juleps and smashes

Interests: Cooking, motorcycles, eating, cycling

Ideal secret ingredient: Apple

Culinary inspirations: Helen David and Dale DeGroff

Ideal judge: Harry Denton

Culinary secret weapon: Handheld lime press

Favorite restaurant: Babbo, Lupa, Coney Island, Bouchan, Le Central

Favorite food: Fried pickrel, streak pomme frites, mint love letters

Food you won't go near: Celery

Weirdest thing you've ever eaten: Pigs knuckles in chocolate sauce

Favorite food destination: Paris

Alternative dream job: Surfer

Mixologist Bridget Albert

From: Shorewood, Ill.

Restaurants: Bellagio Casino and Resort, Southern Wine & Spirits of Ill.

Cuisine: Classic cocktails

Interests: Family, friends, travel

Ideal secret ingredient: Mint

Culinary inspirations: Rachel Ray, Mario Batali, Emeril Lagasse, Robert Gadsby

Ideal judge: Dale Degroff

Culinary secret weapon: Fresh lime juice - this brings a cocktail to life!

Favorite restaurant: Any place in Chicago!

Favorite food: Anything my mom makes

Food you won't go near: Fast food in an airport

Weirdest thing you've ever eaten: Dandelion flowers

Favorite food destination: Mom's kitchen

Alternative dream job: A rock star - if only I could sing!


(Episode: IA0409)