Iron Chef 2: The Duel in the Desert Pits Mel Mecinas Against Payton Curry

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Chef Curry played off of the theme ingredient by creating the perfect "date" in one meal. It started with date preserve pancakes, moved on to an ox tail charcuterie on date bread and finished with toasted gnocci stuffed with foie gras and dates in a brown butter sauce. The meal was served with a date cookie and a tiny milk shake.

In the end, Chef Mecinas' cuisine reigned supreme according to a vote by the audience, but everyone was able to walk away appreciating the unique, culinary spectacle. Check below for more shots from the battle.

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Jonathan McNamara