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Iron Chef America Holiday Special: Food Network vs Cooking Channel

In this holiday battle, three chefs representing Food Network, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Robert Irvine and Ted Allen, go head-to-head against three chefs representing Cooking Channel, Iron Chef Michael Symon, Nadia G. and Ben Sargent. The judges for this Food Network vs. Cooking Channel battle are Anthony Anderson, Aaron Sanchez and Bobby Flay.

Masaharu Morimoto

Host: Masaharu Morimoto

Born in Hiroshima, Iron Chef Japanese Masaharu Morimoto trained in a sushi restaurant before moving to the U.S. in 1985 at the age of 30. After working in several restaurants, he joined the highly acclaimed Nobu restaurant in New York City, and is currently its head chef.

Bobby Flay

Host: Bobby Flay

Bobby Flay’s versatility is evident in the multiple talents he brings to the field as a chef, restaurateur, cookbookauthor, and media personality.

Bobby discovered his culinary identity at the age of 17, working as a cook at the famed theatre district haunt, Joe Allen’s. The job had been arranged by his father, who was a partner in the restaurant. After a short time, Joe Allen himself became so impressed by Bobby’s talents that he paid the young cook’s tuition to The French Culinary Institute.

Following his graduation in 1984, Bobby worked with restaurateur/owner Jonathan Waxman at Buds and Jams, where he first discovered the sweet-heat of Southwestern ingredients. It was at these burgeoning restaurants that Bobby met other icons of the era – Wolfgang Puck, Jeremiah Tower – who he credits with spawning an entire generation of chefs. After Jams, Bobby debuted as Executive Chef at the East Village’s Miracle Grill where he caught the attention of restaurateur Jerome Kretchmer. Kretchmer offered the 25-year old the opportunity to create his own sensation at Mesa Grill, which opened in 1991.

Soon after, Bobby teamed with businessman Laurence Kretchmer to open Bolo in November 1993 in the Flatiron district. During Bolo’s reign, Bobby drew inspiration from the bravado and complexities of Spanish food, deftly blending the unique flavors of Spain with more familiar American ingredients. A decade later, its menu reenergized
by the introduction of tapas, Bolo was awarded a rare three stars by The New York Times.

Bobby brought his unique amalgam of innovative food and inviting hospitality to Las Vegas with the 2004 opening of Mesa Grill at the legendary Caesars Palace. The city’s upbeat urban energy provides an ideal backdrop for Mesa Grill’s lively cuisine.

At New York’s Bar Americain, which opened in March 2005, Bobby takes the intimacy of a midtown brasserie and injects it with authentic American flavors and style. Drawing exclusively from regional American ingredients, his dishes rejuvenate old classics and celebrate the abundance of America’s diverse and delicious heritage. Bar Americain has received rave reviews from the press, including two stars from The New York Times.

Bobby Flay Steak, which opened in July 2006 in Atlantic City, is Bobby’s first-ever steakhouse. Here, he presents classic steakhouse fare that he remembers enjoying as a child in New York City and on the Jersey Shore as well as new dishes that incorporate his famous grilling techniques and signature Southwestern fare.

In March 2007, Bobby brought Mesa Grill to The Cove, Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas and in July 2008, Bobby opened his first Bobby’s Burger Palace (BBP) in Long Island. At BBP, Bobby presents an array of burgers inspired by his extensive travels throughout America and love of the grill in a convenient casual setting. To date, there are 14 BBP outposts.

Bobby also shares his knowledge and enthusiasm for food through his cookbooks and cooking programs. Bobby’s ninth cookbook, Bobby Flay’s Burgers, Fries and Shakes (Clarkson Potter) hit bookstores in April 2009 and Bobby Flay’s Throwdown!, (Clarkson Potter) the companion to the popular primetime series, was released in October 2010 featuring recipes from both Bobby and his challengers. Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain Cookbook (Crown Publishing) was released in September 2011. His latest cookbook Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addition (Clarkson Potter) will be available in April 2013.

Since debuting on Food Network in 1994, Bobby has continuously hosted programs that bring cooking tips and information on American regional fare to a national audience. His first show, Grillin’ & Chillin’, premiered in 1996, followed by Hot Off the Grill in 1998 and Boy Meets Grill in 2003. Along with participating in many holiday and seasonal Food Network specials over the years, Bobby currently stars on Iron Chef America (premiered 2005), Throwdown with Bobby Flay (premiered in 2006), Grill It! With Bobby Flay and Food Network Star (both premiered in 2008). In Fall 2010, Bobby expanded his television presence to Food Network’s sister network Cooking Channel, with the debut of Brunch @ Bobby’s. His other series include Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction, 3 Days to Open with Bobby Flay and Bobby’s Dinner Battle. He also recently competed a second time against Chef Anne Burrell in the fourth season of competition series Worst Cooks in America, where he led his team to victory.

Bobby works tirelessly to challenge the way Americans view and taste food – making it bold, zesty and always fun.

Watch Bobby Flay Fit and learn Bobby's fitness and healthy eating plan.

Robert Irvine

Host: Robert Irvine

Robert joined the British Royal Navy at 15 and his skills in the kitchen soon came to the attention of his superiors. He was selected to work on board the Royal Yacht Britannia where the Royal Family and their entourages regularly dined. During his time training U.S. Navy chefs as part of a guest chef program, he worked in the White House kitchens and his creations were served to high-ranking government officials.

Ted Allen

Host: Ted Allen

Since 1997, Ted Allen has been a contributing editor to Esquire magazine, where he writes about food, wine, style and everything else the American man needs to know. He was a finalist for a National Magazine Award for his Esquire feature on the little-known phenomenon of male breast cancer. Before joining Esquire, Ted was a senior editor and restaurant critic at Chicago magazine. He is author of The Food You Want to Eat: 100 Smart, Simple Recipes, a cookbook that features easy, all-natural recipes. Ted also serves as the spokesman for Robert Mondavi Private Selection wines. In that capacity, he works with media and consumers on wine education and food/wine pairing. He is currently the host of Food Detectives, a primetime series on Food Network, and has been a judge on Bravo's Top Chef and Food Network's Iron Chef America. Ted holds an M.A. in journalism from New York University, with an advanced certificate in the school's Science and Environmental Reporting Program, and a B.A. in psychology from Purdue University. He lives in New York with his longtime partner.

Nadia G.

Host: Nadia G.

She's young, funny and can cook up a storm in 3-inch cherry stiletto heels. Food Network's bad girl chef Nadia G. and her misfit crew of food correspondents look at the funny side of everyday life situations and turn them into occasions worth celebrating -- with great food and big laughs. Bitchin' Kitchen is the first-ever comedy cooking show to hit the small screen and it tastes good: From One-Night-Stand Breakfasts to Break-Up Brunches to Impress the In-laws Extravaganzas, Nadia G whips up the perfect blend of food and humor for any occasion. The focus is on accessible haute cuisine, fresh organic ingredients, and a hands-on approach that will inspire hip audiences of all ages to Rock the Kitchen!

Aarón Sánchez

Host: Aarón Sánchez

Son of celebrated Mexican cooking authority Zarela Martinez, Aarón Sanchez brings passion, commitment and skills to the kitchen, making him one of the country’s leading contemporary Latin chefs. He began his career with Food Network as co-host of Melting Pot and has since appeared on multiple Food Network shows including Chopped, Chopped All-Stars, Chefs vs. City, Iron Chef America, The Next Iron Chef (season one)and Throwdown with Bobby Flay. In 2005, he was nominated as the “Rising Star Chef of the Year” by the James Beard Foundation.

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