Batali/Abou-Ganim vs. Gadsby/Albert

The Chairman has spiced up this competition by inviting Mixologists Tony Abou-Ganim and Bridget Albert to compete with the Chefs. Chef Robert Gadsby paired with Bridget Albert challenge Iron Chef Mario Batali paired with Tony Abou-Ganim. While the Chefs compete to outdo each other with their succulent variations, the Mixologists must prepare five drinks to go with each dish that also highlight the secret ingredient. Which team's cuisine will reign supreme?


Judges
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)