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Food Network's The Next Iron Chef is down to its final four contestants. Slashfood caught up with the most recent chef eliminated, Houston restaurateur Bryan Caswell. The chef, who was affectionately dubbed "the linebacker ballerina" by the judging panel for his hulking stature but delicate food presentation, explains why he took on the televised challenge. His main motivation for starring? To shed a positive light on Gulf Coast cuisine and give visibility to Bayou City: "I grew up around here, I love it, and I think it gets very little play as a viable culinary resource," he says of Houston, adding that Gulf seafood is "in fantastic shape." Head over to Slashfood to read more of Caswell's reflections.Photo Courtesy Food Network
Season three of The Next Iron Chef is almost halfway through, and competition's getting fierce. Slashfood spoke to current contender Marco Canora, chef and owner of New York City restaurant (and David Chang favorite) Hearth for a behind-the-scenes look at the show. Reality television took Canora by surprise: "I was surprised that it was as real as it was. What you see is what you get," he reflects. And although he's adamant that "there was no weird animosity," he also has mixed feelings about judge (and fellow Manhattan restaurateur) Donatella Arpaia: "It's kind of mind-blowing. No one was able to figure her out," he admits. Head over to Slashfood to watch the full interview.Photo Courtesy Food Network
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