Iron Chef Mario Batali is challenged to a culinary showdown by Chef Charles Clark. Will Chef Clark impress the judges enough to overcome Iron Chef Batali, or will Iron Chef Batali's cuisine reign supreme?
Challenger stats: Chef Clark
Restaurants: Ibiza Food and Wine Bar, Catalan Food and Wine
Cuisine: New American with Spanish influence
Interests: Food history, Swedish clogs and jazz music
Ideal secret ingredient: Morcilla (Spanish black sausage)
Culinary inspirations: The Basque region, Paul Bocuse, Bernard Loiseau
Ideal judge: Julia Child
Culinary secret weapon: Ikea hand frothier
Favorite restaurant: Balthazar, N.Y.
Favorite food: Classic French and basque
Food you won't go near: Cottage cheese
Weirdest thing you've ever eaten: A live lizard
Favorite food destination: Southern France
Alternative dream job: Playing trumpet in a jazz band at a small club in Paris around 1961