Chef Chris Cosentino enters Kitchen Stadium for the first time and challenges Iron Chef Mario Batali to a culinary showdown. Will Chef Cosentino's creativity best Iron Chef Batali?
Challenger stats: Chef Cosentino
From: Rhode Island
Interests: Cycling, hanging out with my family, reading cookbooks
Ideal secret ingredient: Offal of any type
Culinary inspirations: Jean Louis Palladin, Mark Miller, historical recipes and cooking techniques
Ideal judge: Jeffrey Steingarten
Culinary secret weapon: Single varietal extra virgin olive oils. Each one has a distinct flavor.
Favorite restaurant: St. John in London
Favorite food: I can't say I have a favorite food, but for my last meal I'd choose a really good blood sausage with sizzled farm eggs.
Food you won't go near: I'll try anything once.
Weirdest thing you've ever eaten: Balut, a Filipino embryonic duck egg. It had a formed bird with feathers and all inside and it was crunchy.
Favorite food destination: A farmer's market anywhere in the world
Alternative dream job: Professional cyclist