With Maynards Market & Kitchen executive chef Brian Smith defending the Iron Chef Tucson title, Chef Chic owner-chef Wendy Gauthier had a tough opponent.
In 2018, Smith won while demonstrating his finesse with pork belly. This year, the ingredient was both literally and figuratively tougher — octopus.
After a tight battle, Gauthier emerged victoriously.
"I'm just so excited and happy," Gauthier said. "Brian is an amazing chef and it could have gone his way just as easily. I have an amazing team and we won it together."
Here's what Gauthier whipped up for the occasion:
"The enchilada was inspired by another chef friend of mine talking about doing things that were light and crisp," Gauthier said. "[For] the other items, we wanted to do dishes we knew were great but still out of the box. An hour is not much time, so we wanted to do a soup and at least one cold dish, which is where the enchilada came into play. With the soup, we wanted it to be really amazing but again a little different which is why we did lettuce soup. We knew our beer dish needed to be something you wouldn't expect. It all just came together"
Jackie Tran is a Tucson-based food writer, photographer, culinary educator, and owner-chef of the food truck Tran's Fats. Although he is best known locally for his work for Tucson Foodie, his work has also appeared in publications such as Bon...