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?
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!