Much like the television show, only one can reign supreme, but right now they’re all winners in our eyes.
If you’d like to meet all of the chefs in person, Casino Del Sol is hosting the annual Iron Chef Tucson 2018 “Meet the Chefs” event in the pool area from 5 – 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 20.
After two winners are selected through popular vote, they’ll face off using a surprise secret ingredient revealed just before the show.
The 21-and-up event is $10 per person or $15 for two people, and tickets can be purchased at the door.
The actual event, “Stella Artois Iron Chef Tucson,” will take place from 5 – 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 after the annual Culinary Experience at Casino Del Sol.
Here’s the current lineup of nominated chefs.
Pasta master Elefante honed his skills at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain and returned to Mama Louisa continuing his family’s legacy.
For more information, visit mamalouisas.com.
Fransua is hoping to bring the title to the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass with the experience he acquired from traveling and working in hotels, resorts, and restaurants.
For more information, visit jwmarriottstarrpass.com.
The United States Personal Chefs Association’s Personal Chef of the Year North America winner Gauthier became a personal chef after spending time as the sous chef at the Flying V Bar & Grill.
For more information, visit chefchicaz.com.
Former Tucson Foodie writer and Nine on the Line father Hamm currently cooks up comfort classics with Tucson twists at Saguaro Corners.
For more information, visit saguarocorners.net.
Lambert wants the chance to feel the pressure of the competition with his specialties in new American cuisine and comfort food that comes with modern twists.
For more information, visit sbhoa2.org.
Martinez specializes in Mexican cuisine, but has a passion for all food after working in multiple restaurants and resorts around Tucson.
For more information, visit theglowbal.com.
Myers started as a dishwasher at Thunder Canyon Brewstillery, but has since worked his way up to a chef. He specializes in Italian, French, Indian, Asian, baking and pastry, with a specialty in grilling different meats.
For more information, visit fourpointstucsonairport.com.
Peters, which is last year’s Iron Chef Tucson Winner, knows how to transform unexpected ingredients into addictive comfort food.
For more information, visit theparishtucson.com.
Sanchez has been in the food service industry for more than 30 years, including experience at hotels, resorts, private clubs, and restaurants.
For more information, visit fusionzcafe.com.
Sanner likes to think globally, but cooks locally and that’s why he can take home the title at this year’s competition.
Smith has a passion for local foods and continues to make a name for himself in the downtown Tucson culinary scene. He tends to put a modern twist to seasonal plates.
For more information, visit maynardstucson.com.
She’s got a quarter of a century of culinary experience as a pastry chef and fine dining chef, working in multiple cities including Sedona and even father up north in Denali Park, Alaska.
For more information, visit gourmetgirlsglutenfree.com.
Van Winden began his training at the age of 14 in the Netherlands. He’s got a background in French fine dining, but likes to put a modern spin on classic dishes.
For more information, visit thedutchtucson.com.
For more Iron Chef Tucson 2018 information and to vote for your favorite chef, visit the Iron Chef Tucson website.
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