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Maria Hines victorious on "Iron Chef America"

August 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

Tilth chef-owner Maria Hines entered Kitchen Stadium on “Iron Chef America” and beat longtime Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, in an episode that aired Sunday night.

Both chefs created five dishes using the secret ingredient, Pacific cod. These were Hines’ plates:

1) Smoked cod with paprika, served with fresh flagolets

2) Cod brandade

3) Sous-vide cod with lemon verbena and fried green tomatoes and tapioca pearls; topped with tomato fondue

4) Pan-seared cod (with skin) with artichokes and nasturtium vinaigrette

5) Alderwood planked balsamic cod and corn pudding cake

During the hour-long competition, host Alton Brown suggested numerous times that Hines wasn’t working fast enough and was falling behind in plating. But in the final seconds of the allotted hour of competition, Hines and her team had enough time to break out a bottle of Champagne, which they shared with Iron Chef Morimoto.

One judge commented that her food was so confident, and Hines replied she wanted to throw up the whole time she was cooking.

Another judge said she showed great reserve in her cooking, and didn’t need to gussy it up too much.

In contrast, Chef Morimoto’s dishes were very imaginative but lost on flavor. The scores:

Hines
Taste: 28
Plating: 12
Originality: 11
Total: 51

Morimoto
Taste: 23
Plating: 10
Originality: 13
Total: 46

This Tuesday, Hines will cook the winning dishes at Tilth for one special meal. Spots were still available as of July 27, but we suspect that they’ll fill up fast. Call 206-633-0801 for reservations.

Photo courtesy Food Network

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