Season 5, Episode 10

Batali vs. Clark

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?

Ted Allen
Elizabeth Blau
Akiko Katayama

Challenger stats: Chef Clark
From: Texas

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





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