The Next Iron Chef

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Will You Be My Valentine, Houston? 10 Reasons to Fall in Love With the City's Food Scene

    Yes, yes, we've all bitched at some time in our lives that Valentine's Day is an arbitrary holiday created by greeting card companies to make money while simultaneously forcing single people to re-examine their sorry existences, and because of this, we've all become huge grouches. Until, that is, we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Reef's Smoked Pork Chop

    Photo by Stacy ZanePork chops taste goooood.​Recently, I ordered the smoked pork chop at Reef, an upscale seafood restaurant headed by famed Houston chef Bryan Caswell. Back in May, this pork chop was featured on The Food Network's program "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" and was recommended by c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Top 5 Houston Restaurants Featured on the Food Network

    Photo by Robb WalshThelma's previous incarnation.​Houston may feel a little like Rodney Dangerfield when it comes to being recognized as a top culinary city -- we get no respect. But the Food Network has always shown Houston a little love. As early as 2003, shows on the Food Network were featu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Bryan Caswell Comes to the Food Network Along with Several New Shows

    Caswell during competition on the Next Iron Chef.​By now, the news that Houston's own Bryan Caswell will have his own four-episode show on the Food Network has worked its buzzy way through Twitter, Facebook and the rest of the Internet. Starting in May, the busy chef will be hosting a run of ... More >>

  • News

    January 27, 2011

    MasterMinds 2011

    Foodways Texas is among our three winning arts groups.

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    My Personal Top 5 Favorite Restaurant Dishes of 2010

    The chef pictured (Michael Dei Maggi) has moved on from Caffe Bello, but those mussels remain...​Having a young child, a spouse with a crazy work schedule, and no family in town to baby-sit can certainly put a damper on one's culinary pursuits in a city blossoming with delicious dishes. Howeve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Houston Culinary Tours Ramping Up Again

    The inaugural barbecue tour with Robb Walsh; see if you can spot the man himself.​There's now one more way to get your Robb Walsh fix besides rereading that copy of Sex, Death and Oysters for the fifth time: The Houston Press's former food critic is teaming up with Catalan executive chef Chris ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Recap: Final Episode of The Next Iron Chef

    ​We enter the final chapter of this season of The Next Iron Chef, and I am torn. On one hand the finalists, Marco Canora and Marc Forgione, are the two that should be here. They have consistently been the best from start to finish and won a majority of the challenges. They deserve to be called ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Recap: Episode 7 of The Next Iron Chef

    ​I gotta admit, I'm still stewing over the results of The Next Iron Chef. At the beginning of the episode, we were promised that two would be banished, but instead they just kicked off Bryan Caswell and then wimped out of picking another to boot. There are rules, people. In America, we follow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Recap: Episode 6 of The Next Iron Chef

    ​On the previous episode of The Next Iron Chef, Maneet Chauhan was finally put out of her misery. Nice lady, interesting choices, but just not consistent enough to get the job done. We also learned that in this episode that two of the final five would be getting the ax. If I have to guess rig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Getting Real: New Caswell-Walsh Restaurant Venture Finally Gets a Name

    Photo courtesy of Robb WalshArtist's rendering of El Real Tex-Mex Cafe.​"You have to give people what they're interested in eating," Robb Walsh laughed over the phone. "Fajitas will be very well represented on our menu." Wise words that should quell any concerns Houstonians may have had about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Recap: Episode 5 of The Next Iron Chef

    ​Last time out, Duskie Estes and Maneet Chauhan were both on the bottom, and that is a position that, as Chauhan said, "sucked big time." It sucked more for Estes, as she was booted from The Next Iron Chef. Forget about whom the Next Iron Chef will be -- I gotta see what kind of retro garb A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Recap: Episode 4 of The Next Iron Chef

    ​Welcome to another exciting episode of The Next Iron Chef, where the Houston food community gathers, hoping for a win for an Iron Chef who has a real passion for this sometimes underdog Texas city. And where Ming Tsai acts like a tool. By the way, did you hear when "Ming" called into 1560 The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Robb Walsh: Walsh has been documenting a variety of very interesting, very time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Recap: Episode Three of The Next Iron Chef

    ​On the last episode of The Next Iron Chef, Mario Pagan was booted and Ming Tsai declared he would never be in the bottom two of a challenge again. We'll see, Ming. We'll see. Challenge one for the night is based on the theme of resourcefulness, and the secret ingredient is pickles. Pickled c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Recap: Episode Two of The Next Iron Chef

    ​Here's my chronological running diary of the random thoughts I had while watching episode two of The Next Iron Chef. We are reminded that in the first installment, Andrew Kirschner was sent packing. He has a soul patch. For the first challenge, the contestants are asked to put two breakfast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Bryan Caswell: No Pity

    ​Last night, half of Houston tuned in to watch Chef Bryan Caswell of REEF and Little Big's represent the Bayou City on the Food Network's newest show: Next Iron Chef. I didn't watch it. I was catcalling people from the back of a banquet room at the Hilton during the otherwise classy My Table ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Openings & Closings

    No more ceviche at the Midtown outpost of Lemon Tree.​A reader alerted us via Twitter to the fact that the Lemon Tree (207 West Gray) had closed its doors sometime in the past week. We went by to check it out and it is, indeed, closed. A call to Lemon Tree's original location on Whittington re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Follow Friday for Foodies

    The group collective on Twitter, the increasingly popular micro-blogging and social networking platform, has developed a recent tradition called Follow Friday.  Follow Friday is part circle jerk, part honest and helpful advice from your Twitter friends on who to follow if you're new or simply l ... More >>