In the most exciting race ever, the sixth annual Iron Chef Elm City Challenge of the Champions April 28 crowned Chef Prasad Chirnomula of Thali, Thali Too and Oaxaca Kitchen, the champ. Proceeds from the competition, which I produced for Gateway Community College and Visit New Haven, benefit scholarships for culinary arts and hospitality management students at the college.
The sold-out audience enjoyed the showdown at HADCO, the Viking Center of New England, in Wallingford. The secret ingredient for this year’s cook-off was Torrington-based Holly’s Oatmeal. Chef Prasad and competitors, Arturo Franco-Camacho of Waterhouse, Tacuba and Seawich Sandwich Shop in Branford and Ben Gaffney of Atticus Bookstore-Cafe in New Haven, quickly got into action, making appetizers, entrees and desserts. To see the rest of this column and Chef Prasad’s entree recipe, please click on this link