Iron Chef

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    Pakpao Has Lost its Way

    If you haven't been in a while, there have been a lot of changes at the Design District Thai restaurant Pakpao. Owners Richard and Tiffanee Ellman first got attention when they asked chef Eddie Thretipthuangsin to leave late last year. They said they wanted to make Pakpao a "national brand," and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    Five Tips for Blending Delicious Smoothies That Are Really Good for You

    We've all been there. You take a weekend road trip and a notable barbecue restaurant just happens to be on your way. You eat two pounds of brisket, get back in the car and as you pull into your destination city your friend announces a desire for Tex-Mex. After five shots of tequila and as many sour ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Balls, Boobz, and Potatoes: The Cheap Bastard's Iron Fork Recap

    Last night at Iron Fork, a bunch of hipster food people got together and ate food at each other while wearing fashion clothes at the Dallas Contemporary. It was fun. See also: - The 11 Best Bites from the Dallas Observer Iron Fork 2013 - The People and The Food of Iron Fork 2013 I heard it was a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Tyler Florence Signing Books at Williams-Sonoma Today at Noon

    Tyler Florence, host of several Food Network shows including "Iron Chef," "Food 911" and "Tyler's Ultimate," will be at Williams-Sonoma at NorthPark Center at noon today (Monday, Dec 10), signing copies of his new cookbook, TYLER FLORENCE FRESH. After a peek at the book online, in the introduction ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    The Cheap Bastard Does (and Judges) Iron Fork: So Much Bacon. So Much Awesome.

    Last night, a metric shit ton of fancy Dallas people met at the Fashion Industry Gallery to stuff their faces full of awesome. There was much bacon. Will Fleischman and his beard were slicing up a Lockhart Smokehouse meatfest for the masses. Mixologists were shaking up cocktails whilst wearing the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Best in Smoke: Sugar-Coated Ribs, Sour Tim Love

    ​Everybody knows that contest-based reality shows give out different roles to play and that level of casting certainly extends to the judges. After all, American Idol all but invented the boosterish judge (paging Paula Abdul), the urban cool-cat judge -- as in Randy Jackson, and, of course, ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Iron Fork 2011: Scott Romano Scotches an Egg, Wins the Chef Competition

    Scott Romano's finished--and winning--dish: a play on steak and eggs. See more photos of the food and people at Iron Fork 2011.‚ÄčEat your heart out, Bobby Flay.The pressure cooker was hissing, and sweat was dripping down Scott Romano's forehead as he cupped fresh California avocado around a soft bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Chopped All-Stars: Judgment Day for Judges

    Chef Aaron Sanchez.​The latest round of the surprisingly engaging and even moving Chopped All-Stars contest couldn't have come fast enough for me, for it involved the table finally turning on four of the series' normally imperious judges. For once, Maneet Chauhan, Geoffrey Zakarian, Amanda Fre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Anne Burrell Steps Out of Mario Batali's Shadow to Become a Force on Her Own

    Anne Burrell​I never noticed much about Anne Burrell other than how quietly reliable she was as the culinary Sancho Panza to Mario Batali every time he was summoned to another Iron Chef gustatory battle. She was just obscure, white smocked Anne, relegated to the anonymous, though vital, drudge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    Tre Wilcox: Loft 610's Master of Discipline
    On Food, Fame and the Future

    Courtesy of Tre Wilcox and Loft 610Tre Wilcox​I was worried when I first arrived at Loft 610. Chef Tre Wilcox, 37, was running late for our interview, and when he arrived he was distracted, looking toward the open kitchen with each question, which he would think about carefully before answerin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Scott Romano: Going Whole Hog
    At a Downtown Jewel

    Photo by Robert BostickScott Romano​Since the Observer recently named Charlie Palmer at The Joule the city's Best Fancy Restaurant in this year's Best of Dallas issue, we thought now would be a good time to get a look at the man behind the kitchen, executive chef Scott Romano. Like many of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    No Holds Barred: Rathbun's Blue Plate Kitchen vs. Lemon Bar

    Photo by Steven DoyleA child shall bake them: our winner, the lemon bar at Rathbun's Blue Plate Kitchen​The lemon bar, that tasty pastry made up of a shortbread crust and lemon-curd filling, is easily found on tables across the Midwest, especially on Sundays at potlucks among Jell-O salads, me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    10 Questions: Tyler Florence

    After 14 years on the Food Network and a small shelf full of cookbooks bearing his name, Florence is a true celebrity chef. But now he makes baby food. Yes, the man People called the "sexiest chef alive," host of Food 911, How to Boil Water and now Tyler's Ultimate recently started a line of organic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    Move Over, Ex-President Bush. Kent Rathbun's Moving a "Blue Plate Kitchen" Into Preston Center.

    Earlier today, Unfair Park learned that chef Kent Rathbun would be opening a new restaurant in Preston Center, next door to Shannon Wynne's Flying Fish in the space formerly occupied by Carrabba's, among others. I called Rathbun's publicist Ariana Hajibashi-Martin to confirm, and she was very noncom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2008

    Burning Question: How Much Time Do Chefs Spend In The Kitchen?

    Earlier this fall, chef Nobu Matsuhisa passed through for a well publicized book signing...and rare visit to his restaurant. Sometime in the next few weeks, Wolfgang Puck's people--not the great man himself--holds a meet and greet session for the real chef at his soon to open Dallas venue.  At ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 3, 2008
  • Music

    May 19, 2005

    The Fraternal Order

    Laughs, rock and a 7-foot ninja: The Golden Falcons

  • Calendar

    February 24, 2005
  • Culture

    May 11, 2000

    Dawn of the dead

    Sci Fi's brilliant good vs. evil is a corpse in search of a burial