Chefs Chosen for 2012 Iron Fork Competition: Let the Games Begin

You may have been to our annual Menu of Menus grand tasting in the past, but this year's event will be upping its game thanks to our first ever Iron Fork competition. Curated and emceed by Houston's own celebrity chef Monica Pope, the chef throwdown will take place Iron Chef-style in front of a live audience -- you! -- and a panel of professional judges.

The two competing chefs in the event were announced today, both of whom were chosen by Pope herself: Amanda McGraw, chef de cuisine of Brasserie 19 and Ibiza, and Kevin Naderi, chef and owner of Roost. Both competitors have made significant impacts in the Houston culinary scene over the last year, both are young (at 26 years old each) and both are hungry -- so you know it's going to be one hell of a good fight.

We are giving away two tickets to the Menu of Menus and Iron Fork competition on April 17 at Silver Street Station (1500 Silver Street), but you'll have to work for them. Answer all four questions below correctly and email your answers to katharine dot shilcutt at houstonpress dot com.

  1. What age was Amanda McGraw when she started cooking professionally?
  2. What was the first restaurant kitchen Kevin Naderi cooked in?
  3. What is Amanda McGraw's favorite dish in Houston?
  4. What was the original name that Kevin Naderi had picked out for Roost?

All of these questions can easily be found on Eating Our Words with a little ingenuity. We will draw a random winner for the pair of tickets from the pool of correct entries. Good luck and send those answers in before 5 p.m. on Friday, March 23.

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