Tucson native and Casino Del Sol Executive Chef, Ryan Clark has a wealth of experience in the food and beverage industry. He graduated top of his class at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and was named one of the Top Sixteen Junior Chefs in the U.S. By the American Culinary Foundation.
It’s a culinary competition of epic magnitude.
While reigning Iron Chef of Tucson Brian Smith of Maynard’s Market & Kitchen is preparing to defend his title at the 2019 Iron Chef battle on June 29, a slate of challengers hoping to unseat him is taking shape in preparation for the qualifying round that will take place on May 19 at Casino Del Sol.
We are in the countdown to this years Iron Chef Tucson throw down between Travis Peters from the Parish who is the reigning champion and Iron Chef contender Brian Smith Executive Chef of Maynards. Chef Ryan Clark is the Executive Chef for Casino Del Sol in Tucson Arizona. He is Responsible for all culinary operations at the AAA 4 Diamond and Forbes 4 Star Hotel Casino Del Sol Resort and Spa. Just like in the fast-paced television show, including a surprise ingredient that's revealed just before the battle begins. At the end of the fiery one hour culinary battle, only one chef will be crowned the 2019 Stella Artois Iron Chef Tucson Champion! Located in the Casino Del Sol Event Center.
This Meet the Chefs event is open to the public, and for just $10 you can meet the challengers and taste their dishes, each of which will be blind-judged by a panel of experts who will reveal their top three finalists. These finalists will advance to a public vote over the following few weeks, and the winner will share the Iron Chef Kitchen Stage with Brian Smith in a battle for this year’s belt. Oh, and I’ll be pleased to return as Iron Chef commentator for the big night, providing play-by-play during a pretty intense 60 minutes!
The challengers include:
Casino Del Sol Iron Chef Skillet
Casino Del Sol Tucson Hotel
Chef Adam Puckle of The Cafe in Sonoita
Chef Robert Ramos of R & R Family Kitchen & BBQ
Chef Mary Steiger of Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery/Bistro
Chef Kenneth Foy of Dante’s Fire
Chef Wendy Gauthier of Chef Chic
Chef Javier Martinez of The Glowbal
Chef Kyle Nottingham of Prep and Pastry/Commoner & Co
Chef Alan Lambert of DoubleTree by Hilton Tucson at Reid Park
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Attend Meet the Chefs on May 19, support our local culinary community, and get ready to lock in your votes in the countdown to Iron Chef Tucson 2019!