Chef Randy Evans Hosting the Iron Fork Competition at 2013 Menu of Menus®

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

In 2012, Menu of Menus® celebrated its tenth anniversary with a move into a stunning new space -- Silver Street Station -- with plenty of room for the thousands of guests that showed up and with the inaugural Iron Fork competition. Last year saw master chef Monica Pope hosting the knockout Iron Chef-style cookoff, which pitted up-and-coming chefs Amanda McGraw and Kevin Naderi against each other.

It was Naderi who won last year's competition, as both chefs worked their hardest to incorporate a secret ingredient -- wasabina -- into both an appetizer and an entrée for a panel of judges. This year, Naderi will return to defend his title.

And in a fun twist, Randy Evans has been selected as this year's host and emcee for the competition. Evans, chef and owner of Haven, was once Naderi's boss -- and he'll be responsible for picking the competing chef who'll challenge Naderi's title.

Menu of Menus® opens its doors at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9. The 2013 Iron Fork competition will kick off at 8 p.m. on the main stage and feature approximately one hour of creative, quick-witted cooking. Stick around afterward -- Menu of Menus® will run until 10 p.m., and you'll need all of that time to taste the 50 restaurants we expect this year.

Tickets are on sale now for $45, but that price will increase to $50 on April 1. Tickets will be available at the door, but for $60 -- so buy early. VIP tickets are available for $85, which includes admission an hour early at 6 p.m. (so very worth it) and complimentary valet parking until 6:30 p.m.

Tune in next week, when we'll announce the second chef competing in this year's Iron Fork challenge.

Follow Eating Our Words on Facebook and on Twitter @EatingOurWords

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.