Local chefs on national TV

Following in the footsteps of Oprah, Martha Stewart just featured Phoenix pizza guru Chris Bianco, who shared his recipe for lemon foccacia. I doubt my ancient oven can approximate anything out of Chris' wood-fired one, but it'll be fun to try.

Next up on my DVR scheduled recordings is the new episode of Iron Chef (airing at 11 p.m. this Sunday), featuring chef Lee Hillson of T. Cook's battling chef Cat Cora. Hillson is the third local chef to appear on the show in the last year; Mark Tarbell (Tarbell's) and Beau MacMillan (Elements) have also been featured.

I love the heck out of Iron Chef -- I've been watching it since the original Japanese version only appeared with subtitles (yay!) -- but I've always wondered about the mirrors, lights, and smoke of it all. Well, finally somebody went behind the scenes to give the real skinny on the Kitchen Stadium drama. Food critic Robert Sietsema's piece "Iron Chef Boyardee" appeared in the Village Voice last week, and it's such a fun read. Yeah, it cuts through the TV magic, but the production details are fascinating -- especially if you saw the kanpachi-themed episode he writes about.

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