Originally from New Hampshire, Dumont is the first Iron Chef challenger from the state. She is now executive chef at Harvest in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass.
Challenger stats: Chef Dumont
Restaurants: Harvest in Harvard Square
Cuisine: Contemporary New England
Interests: Surfing and anything on the beach, big dinners with friends and family, collecting sauce spoons
Ideal secret ingredient: Fennel and smoked bacon
Culinary inspirations: Laurent Manrique, Alain Ducasse, Paula Wolfert and mostly, my family who is all in the restaurant business and taught me that I could do anything I put my heart into
Ideal judge: James Haller from the Blue Stawbery
Culinary secret weapon: Desire, belief, practice and sharp Misono knives
Favorite restaurant: Oliveto in Oakland, Calif.
Favorite food: Thai and sushi
Food you won't go near: Brains...they should stay in your head!
Weirdest thing you've ever eaten: Live uni out of the shell at Rungis Market in Paris at 4 am
Favorite food destination: Lunch among the grapes in Sonoma County with friends and German street food
Alternative dream job: Surfing photographer and traveling writer