Last night Beard Award-winning chef Mike Lata of the restaurant FIG (an acronym for "Food Is Good") in Charleston, South Carolina visited Kitchen Stadium to challenge Jose Garces in a special holiday edition of Iron Chef America. Which meant the secret ingredient was sparkling wine.
The judges were author and master sommelier Andrea Robinson, wine expert Steve Olson, actress Debi Mazar, and Barneys' creative director Simon Doonan, who said, "I can hardly concentrate on what they're doing because this is such an insane spectacle. It sure beats the hell out of the average runway show." Garces squeaked by with a win of 70 to 67. See videos below:
Video: Mike Lata's Dishes
Video: Jose Garces' Dishes
Video: The Decision