Chef Jeremy Martindale’s Entree Creation using Deep River Snacks, the “secret” ingredient at Iron Chef Elm City 2012 

Deep River Chips Stuffed Chicken Breast  

Created by Jeremy Martindale, Executive Chef Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale

 Iron Chef Elm City Competition, April 22, 2012




                     6ounce. skinless chicken breast

10                     shitake mushrooms

Oil for sautéing

1 tablespoon    garlic, chopped

1 tablespoon    shallot, chopped

¼ cup              dry white wine

                     2 ounce. bag Deep River Snacks Rosemary Olive Oil chips

¼ cup              sherry wine

Salt and white pepper to taste



Pound out the chicken breast into a uniform ½ inch thickness

Remove the stem of the shitake and discard then rough chop the mushrooms.

In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, sauté the shitake mushrooms in vegetable oil until golden brown. Then add the garlic and shallots and sauté until transparent

Add the wine and reduce until almost dry and take off the heat

Crush the chips into small pieces and add to the mushroom mixture

Place approximately a ½ cup of mixture onto the chicken breast then roll

The chicken may need a tooth pick to hold together

Heat oven to 350 degrees

In a large oven-proof sauté pan, on med high heat, sauté the chicken breast on all sides

Leave the chicken in the sauté pan and place in oven and cook for 20-30 minutes or until the center reaches 165 degrees

Remove the chicken breast from the oven and place back on medium heat adding sherry wine and reduce until almost dry

Cut and place chicken on a plate and spoon on the pan sauce

Serves 4






Iron Chef Elm City is on Sunday, April 22

Check out the link below of this CT Style, “In The Kitchen” segment where Chef Ben Gaffney of Atticus, is given a “secret” ingredient and prepares a quick dish with it. This is just a tease as to what to expect on Sunday. See Ben compete against Chef/owner Dave Brooks of Judies and Jeremy Martindale Executive Chef at the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale. Judges will be Jane Stern of “Roadfood,” Sarah Breckenridge of Fine Cooking Magazine and cookbook author Pam Anderson .A few tickets are available. Please call 203-777-8550 or 203-415-3519

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

4th Annual Iron Chef Elm City Crowns Champion

The 4th Annual Iron Chef Elm City which was held yesterday, crowned Chef Prasad from Thali as the the winner. It was a very very close race, three chefs….nine dishes, came down to a 2 point spread. A packed audience enjoyed watching the heated battle with the chefs using the secret ingredient which was Hooker Beer. Using beer, they prepared an appetizer, entree and dessert, all within one hour! Delia, the Viking Center of New England in Wallingford was the perfect “kitchen stadium” for the event.

Chef Jeff of Scoozzi and Chef Mike of 116 Crown created some delectable dishes and were strong competitors, according to the judges, Lisa Waddle, Managing Editor of Fine Cooking, Wiley Mullins of Uncle Wiley’s and Jocelyn Ruggiero aka Foodie Fatale. Ann Nyberg of WTNH-8 and network CT captured great moments throughout the event. Floor commentators, Todd Lyon, restaurant and food writer and Mike Devlin, General Manager of Wave Hill Breads and pastry instructor at Gateway Community kept the audience informed as to what the chefs were creating. Gateway Community College hospitality students received great experience while assisting the chefs.  

Food was plentiful at the reception sponsored by Hooker Beer, Gelato Giuliana, Bertollotti Desserts, Calabro Cheese, Willoughby’s Coffee and Tea, Atticus Bookkstore Cafe, Chabaso Bakery and Deep River Snacks. Samplings from the three restaurants competing were also enjoyed.

Nine lucky attendees got to taste one of the chefs competition creations. Look for some of the recipes in my food column in the New Haven Register.

Proceeds from the event benefit a scholarship for a Gateway Community College hospitality management /culinary student

Check out this video

 Stephen & emcee Ann Nyberg

The audience watch Team Thali


Gateway student Dan Brelsford handles the stress of the competion.

Scoozzi appetizer

Thali appetizer

116 Crown appetizer