A dinner prepared by an Iron Chef and a Top Chef? Yes, please.Makoto Okuwa
was Iron Chef Morimoto's sous chef in Kitchen Stadium for many battles and last week he was the challenger himself in Battle Uni v. Iron Chef Michael Symon. To commemorate the event he hosted a night of chefs and their dishes called the Iron Chef America Dinner. It was held at his restaurant Sashi Sushi in Manhattan Beach
along with a screening of the episode.
The roster of chefs was impressive, but more impressive was the fact that they were plating the dishes right outside the restaurant - so you could get a clear view of all the action!
Iron Chef Morimoto was there, as was Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio. The dishes were stunning...
Makoto's dish was first, a deconstructed bagel and cream cheese. I was surprised at how well this worked and how great all of the components tasted together.
Caesar Salad soup with bacon foam! You could really taste the smokiness of the bacon in the foam, the soup was very
rich and flavorful.
Lobster salad - was fresh and FULL of local vegetables with I loved. I could have had many more plates of this.
Morimoto's fish course was...to die for. Snapper with XOJan and fish sauce - honestly I've never had fish that good in my life. It melted in your mouth and I wanted to bathe in the broth it was so delicious. There is no good picture of this because I ate it. All of it. Every last drop.
That was followed by Michael Voltaggio's Wagyu beef "Thai Flavor." The puffed rice popped in your mouth and the Thai flavor was all in the little pearls that flanked the beef.
There were pairings for every course, champagne, wine, sake - all of which is sadly lost on me since I don't drink. To end it all, there was a dark chocolate ganache dessert, but the star of the plate was really the eucalyptus ice cream. I was surprised at how light and minty it was - cool and delicious.
It was such a great night - the food was amazing but what I really loved was being able to watch the chefs work. To see all the labor that goes into each dish, it really makes you appreciate the true artistry of the food. It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience.More Iron Chef America Dinner pictures, here.
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