Iron Chef Elm City 2013 Crowns Prasad Chirnomula winner of the Challenge of the Champions

It was a fierce but friendly competition on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at HADCO, the Viking Center  The enthusiastic audience (it was a sold out event) were cheering on the talented chefs.Arturo Franco-Camacho of Tacuba, Waterhouse and Seawich Sandwich Shop; Ben Gaffney of Atticus Bookstore Cafe; and Prasad Chirnomula of Thali, Thali Too and Oaxaca Kitchen were all past winners of Iron Chef Elm City. The chefs had to use year’s “secret ingredient” which was Holly’s Oatmeal, in their appetizer, entree and dessert.  The Elm City Market provided the pantry for the chefs.For more on the event and recipes using the “secret ingredient, “check out my column in the May 8 New Haven Register. 

                                           The winner

The Judges: Jane Stern of “Roadfood”  Jocelyn Ruggiero aka Foodie Fatale and Sarah Breckenridge, Web Editor of Fine Cooking.

Chef Arturo Franco-Camacho, Emcee Jocelyn Maminta of News

Channel 8„ Chef Prasad Chirnomula, and Chef Ben Gaffney.

Gateway Community College culinary arts and hospitality management students assisted at the the competition. Proceeds from the event provide scholarships for culinary arts and hospitality management students.

                    The “Secret Ingredient”

                      The excited audience.

Worth Tasting….The Culinary Walking Tour of New Haven

Saturday, April 28 the weather was perfect for the first culinary walking tour of 2012. The tour served as the midway meeting place for two of the guests who came from Princeton New Jersey and Boston Massachusetts. One participant was delighted that she was able to do some shopping for unique birthday gifts at some of the stops.  It was a fun group who were into the culinary scene of New Haven.

The next tour is June 9. For tickets, please call 203-777-8550 or 203-415-3519

The tour makes a great gift for birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions.

Save your appetite for Iron Chef Elm City April 22 

      A scene from last year’s competition at Delia

Check out my column in today’s New Haven Register

Chef Dave Brooks (photo by Kathleen Cei)

Chef Jeremy Martindale

Chef Ben Gaffney