Iron Chef

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    The Chefs of Iron Fork 2014: Brian Coltrain, Element

    Iron Fork 2014 is only days away, and one of the best parts (besides all that food) is the chef competition. Four local chefs at the top of their game will cook their hearts out live, onstage, with a mystery ingredient. Only one will be declared the winner. Last year, Ed Heath of Cleveland-Heath to ... More >>

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    January 31, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: January 31 to February 2

    Yes, it's Super Bowl weekend (already!), but there are plenty of non-football activities going on this weekend. Help raise some money to save Local Harvest Cafe & Grocery, see the Pi Pizza-loving Alton Brown or take a sugary tour of Maplewood. Check out our food-related recommendations after the ju ... More >>

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    January 15, 2014

    Help Alton Brown Find the Mystery St. Louis-Style Pizza that Stole His Heart

    Live music, large-scale food experiments, colorful puppets and even stand-up comedy make up Alton Brown Live!: the Edible Inevitable Tour, is set to hit the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1111) on Saturday, February 1. The production comes from Peabody and James Beard award-winning ... More >>

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    March 26, 2013

    Iron Fork Is This Thursday, March 28 -- Buy Your Tickets Now!

    Iron Fork, the Riverfront Times' annual tasting event, is this Thursday, March 28, and I still have nothing to wear. That's my problem. Your problem is that you still haven't purchased tickets to Iron Fork. What are you waiting for? This year's event will feature samples from 40 restaurants and foo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Want to Win Iron Fork Tickets? Write a Restaurant Review!

    Iron Fork, the Riverfront Times' annual tasting event, is only a week away. It features samples from 39 area restaurants, a mixology competition among twelve local drink-slingers and the centerpiece Iron Chef-style battle pitting four local chefs against one another. Have you bought your tickets ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    OFFER ABOUT TO EXPIRE! Voice Daily Deal: 50% Off Your RFT Iron Fork Ticket

    Mark Thursday, March 28, on your calendar. That's the date of RFT's seventh annual Iron Fork event, highlighting the best cuisine the St. Louis restaurant scene has to offer. UPDATE 2/11/2013: The offer has been extended till midnight tonight, but the remaining available tickets are bound to sell o ... More >>

  • News

    September 20, 2012
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    March 22, 2012
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    March 16, 2012

    Iron Fork 2012 Is One Week Away!

    Oh, hello. Ian here on behalf of Gut Check. You know, we often use exclamation points in our headlines -- usually ironically or sarcastically or because our finger slipped and we're too lazy to fix the typo. In this case, however, we really are excited. Next Thursday, March 22, is our annual Iron F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    American Idiot at Peabody Opera House: Review

    American Idiot Peabody Opera House March 2, 2012 The average age of the attendees of American Idiot's opening night at the Peabody Opera House hovered around the mid fifties, neither the target demographic for the music of Green Day nor that of a contemporary musical with a 1:4 ratio of choreograph ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Iron Fork 2012 Tickets Now Available, Discounted This Weekend [Updated]

    What are you doing on the evening of Thursday, March 22? Wrong. You're coming to Iron Fork, Riverfront Times' annual tasting event, at the St. Louis Union Station Marriott. This year, for the first time, the paper asked me to set the table for the evening. To that end, I've selected the 30 local ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Win a Copy of Mourad Lahlou's New Moroccan

    ​Mourad Lahlou, acclaimed chef (ahem, Iron Chef) and owner of Aziza in San Francisco, has just released his first cookbook: New Moroccan. The pages are filled with gorgeous photographs and recipes, of course. But just as important are the glimpses into Lahlou's history and philosophy that are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Goodbye, "Good Eats": Alton Brown's Ten Best Moments

    Wikimedia CommonsAlton Brown's leaving the studio kitchen.​ After twelve years and 249 episodes, Alton Brown is ending "Good Eats", according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The final half-hour episode aired last week. The Food Network will air three final hour-long episodes this year. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Second Shot at Free Iron Fork Tickets! [Updated With Winner!]

    ​Each year, the RFT hosts Iron Fork, a benefit for the St. Louis Area Foodbank. Aside from the Iron Chef-style chef and bartender battles, there will be live music and free samples from dozens of area restaurants. Additionally, three free drinks are included with each ticket. You can win tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Win Tickets to Iron Fork! [Updated With Winner!]

    ​Each year, the RFT hosts Iron Fork, a benefit for the St. Louis Area Foodbank. Aside from the Iron Chef-style chef and bartender battles, there will be live music and free samples from dozens of area restaurants. Additionally, three free drinks are included with each ticket. You can win two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Riverfront Times Presents Iron Fork Thursday, April 7

    Image via​For the fifth consecutive year, Riverfront Times will showcase food from multiple restaurants and host an Iron Chef-style battles between local chefs and bartenders. This year's Iron Fork will be held Thursday, April 7, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the St. Louis Union Station Marriott.General ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Food Feuds Gooey Butter Cake Battle Airs Thursday, 12.30 -- Tomorrow Night

    Can Gooey Louie beat Park Avenue Coffee in the gooey butter cake battle?​Update: (Wednesday, 12.29, 11 a.m.) A reminder from earlier this month that the Food Network appearance of Park Avenue Coffee and Gooey Louie is tomorrow night at 9 p.m.Original post:When Iron Chef America star Michael Symon ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 16, 2010
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    October 4, 2010

    Anthony Bourdain Preaches (Profanely) to the Choir at the Fox Theatre

    ​A standing ovation from an enthusiastic (though under capacity) audience greeted Anthony Bourdain as the chef turned author and TV host strolled onto the Fox Theatre stage on Friday evening. For the next two hours, Bourdain demonstrated the force of personality that has made him one of the bigges ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Taste of St. Louis This Weekend

    Image viaSt. Louis...tastes like Arch.​Did our annual Best of St. Louis issue not give you enough inspiration to get out and try the area's restaurants? Looking for an opportunity as many restaurants as possible in one place while also enjoying the early autumn weather?You're in luck! This weekend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Pappy's Smokehouse vs. 17th Street Bar & Grill on Food Network

    Image viaMichael Symon, host of Food Feuds​The Food Network will pit (ha ha) the ribs from barbecue meccas Pappy's Smokehouse and 17th Street Bar & Grill against each other for a new show called Food Feuds. Hosted by the Cleveland-based Iron Chef America chef Michael Symon, Food Feuds will deb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Iron Chef America Ingredient Roll Call Hilarious, Hypnotic

    Another gem via the folks at Eater: A video compilation of the Iron Chef America chairman introducing ingredients.

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    July 30, 2010

    Gut Check's Week in Tweets

    ​Don't you know? Gut Check has a Twitter account. You can follow us @gutcheckstl.Here's some of what you missed on the Twitter feed this week: RT @nicklucchesi: Cheeseburger in Gas Tank Causes $1,000 in Damages: Video compilation of Iron Chef America chairman introd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    Aspiring Young Chefs Battle for Le Cordon Bleu Scholarships

    This weekend some talented St. Louis high school seniors will cook for their futures at the sixth annual Le Cordon Bleu Future Chefs Competition at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. image creditOK, just guessing here, but the competitors this weekend will probably be a wee bit older than th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    Chef's Choice, Part 2: Clara Moore of Local Harvest Cafe & Catering

    This is part two of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with Clara Moore of Local Harvest Cafe & Catering; to read part one, click here. Robin Wheeler​Local chef who most impresses you? Andy White's revamping of the Tap Room has been amazing, and he seems to be smiling every time I see hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Farmers' Market Share: Thanksgiving Wheat Berry Salad Recipe

    Jérôme Sautret, Wikimedia CommonsSweet potatoes: Try not to eat them all before you're done.​As a compulsive cooking overachiever, I have a tendency to see pot lucks as a challenge: How can I make something totally novel and awesome...yet avoid shopping? It's like Iron Chef: College Ingenuity.S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    Chef's Choice: The Rotten Apple's Jerad Gardner

    Robin WheelerJerad Gardner at work in the Rotten Apple's kitchen​Introducing Chef's Choice, a new weekly feature in which St. Louis-area chefs cook and discuss some of their favorite recipes. Jerad Gardner didn't dream of a career in cooking. The 27-year-old studied to be a teacher and made it as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    Introducing the Novice Foodie: Crashing the Cook's Night Out

    ​Kelli Best-Oliver is on a quest to become a full-fledged foodie. Beginning this week, she will chronicle her adventures for Gut Check. She writes about any damn thing she pleases at South City Confidential.I have no formal culinary training. It's been ten years since I worked in a restaurant, wai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Julia Child Haunts the Sneak

    Fernando de Sousa, Wikimedia Commons Julia Child is haunting me.In full disclosure, I invited her in. I just didn't realize that beloved, deceased TV chefs followed roughly the same rules as vampires. Man, that is going to be no good for Mario Batali. That gentleman has stringent minimum garlic req ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    At Camp Kumquat, City Kids Learn About Crops, Sustainability and Weeds

    Earlier this morning, eight campers, age nine to twelve, and their two counselors, Washington University students, crouched around a potato bed in the university's student garden, the Burning Kumquat."OK, who here can tell us how long it takes for a potato to grow?" asks counselor Katie Anderson, wh ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 24, 2008
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    December 16, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 12.16

    In today's news: Whole Foods has support in Congress, China bans substances from food, AB InBev loses a court battle and Iron Chef America for the Wii.

  • Calendar

    September 17, 2008

    Chefing It Up

    This one's for all the cloves of garlic

  • Dining

    September 17, 2008
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    September 10, 2008
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    May 14, 2008

    Gettin' Fresh

    The market is open!

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2008

    Iron Chef America -- The Game!

    Sorry it's still so quiet around here. Working on something for next week's paper that's taking some of my blogging time. Anyway, to tide you over, here (via Eater) is news of an Iron Chef America video game for the Wii. ( They should include the characters from the original Iron Chef. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2007

    A Few Other Tidbits from Michael Ruhlman's Class

    A few things that didn't really fit into the previous post on Ruhlman's The Elements of Cooking and the demonstration he gave at Viking Cooking School last night... First of all, I apologize for the lack of pictures. I didn't have my camera with me. Bill promises pictures soon. As proof, he offers ... More >>

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    November 6, 2007

    Michael Ruhlman at Viking Thursday

    God among food writers Michael Ruhlman will be hosting a discussion and demonstration promoting his new book The Elements of Cooking at the Viking Cooking School (1811 South Brentwood Boulevard). The event runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, and the cost is $69.99 per person. ... More >>

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    October 12, 2007
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    October 10, 2007
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    September 19, 2007
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    September 10, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 9/10

    The FDA is considering making nutrition information on food packages easier to read. (AP) Inside the marketing strategy of a new "all-natural" Quaker Oats cereal. (New York Times) This article seems to explain the whole is-Mario-fired-or-not? debate. No more Molto Mario rer ... More >>

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    September 6, 2007
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    September 5, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 9/5

    I wake up every Wednesday knowing that there will be several good stories in the New York Times, which publishes its dining section today. But this morning there's a bonanza of good stuff from all over the place. Those idiots at the Food Network have dumped Mario Batali. That ... More >>

  • News

    January 4, 2006


    The truth about fancy pets' cuddly liaisons, Grandmaster Y.K. Kim's top (tweaked) tips for the new year and a woman who's into the erotic side of Harry Potter.

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    February 4, 2004

    This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

    Week of February 4, 2004

  • Dining

    January 14, 2004

    Gateway to the East

    Wasabi has everything a sushi-lover could want, from artful presentations to the legendary fugu

  • Calendar

    June 18, 2003

    I Summon the Iron Bartenders!

    The masters of mixology flex their muscles

  • Culture

    May 10, 2000

    Dawn of the Dead

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

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