Iron Fork chef competition at International Market Square next week

Jorge Guzman of Solera is one of the many chefs competing at Iron Fork
Jorge Guzman of Solera is one of the many chefs competing at Iron Fork
Iron Chef, the fast-paced televised cooking competition, was first popularized in Japan in the '90s before making its way to American audiences. Then the remake, Iron Chef America, moved to Food Network's Kitchen Stadium. Next week, the concept gets a local flavor -- quite literally -- at City Pages' Iron Fork, a cooking competition featuring local Twin Cities-based chefs, bartenders, signature dishes from several restaurants, and one very accomplished brewmaster.

Here are more details on the event and the chefs you can expect to see at International Market Square on October 18:

The chef competition's secret ingredient, provided by Lund's, will be revealed right before the cook-off begins. The chefs' challenge is to create the most appetizing and healthiest dish out of said ingredient. This year's competitors include: Jessica Becker of Art Institutes, Steven Brown of Tilia, Marshall Paulsen of the Birchwood Cafe, Brian Hauke of the Red Stag Supper Club, Jorge Guzman of Solera, and Landon Schoenefeld of Haute Dish.

With our booming craft cocktail scene, it only stands to reason that we would give local mixologists the chance to flex their muscles too. Competitors in the bartenders competition will be announced closer to the event date. Check back here for details.

In addition to the two main competitive events, Iron Fork will host George F. Reisch, a fifth-generation brewmaster who has traveled all over the world working for Anheuser-Busch. Reisch has held hundreds of brewmaster dinners and will be sharing his extensive knowledge on the subject when he gives his talk on food and beer pairing.

All tickets include beer, wine, and liquor samples as well as signature dishes from several outstanding local restaurants, including Bar Abilene, Bryant-Lake Bowl, Rye Deli, Hell's Kitchen, Sea Salt, the Loop Bar & Restaurant, Aji Japanese, Pat's Tap, Pizza Luce, Finnish Bistro, Red Stag, Healthy Glen's Organic Farm, Aida, Marina Grill, and Crapola -- Ely's famous homemade granola.

The night's festivities will be emceed by chef Seth Bixby Daugherty from Art Institutes and B.T. from Cities 97. The event starts at 6 p.m. and will finish up around 9.

With the purchase of a VIP ticket, attendees will enjoy all that general admission has to offer plus second-floor seating and butler-passed samples from the restaurants mentioned above.

VIP tickets are $45 plus tax and can only be purchased in advance. General admission to the event is $30 in advance and $40 at the door.

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