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Kevin Naderi Will Moderate the Iron Fork Competition at the 2017 Menu of Menus

Kevin Naderi Will Moderate the Iron Fork Competition at the 2017 Menu of Menus
Houston Press
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Featuring more than 40 area restaurants alongside wine, beer and cocktail sampling, the Menu of Menus® Extravaganza takes place on April 4, 2017, at Silver Street Studios, 1501 Silver. The event will also include the 6th Annual Iron Fork Chef Competition, presented by Whole Foods Market. The Iron Fork Competition is a "friendly" contest that will showcase two of Houston's most popular up-and-coming chefs as they face off in a head-to-head cooking competition that will be judged by local area celebrities.

This year's moderator will be restaurateur Kevin Naderi of Roost, who also happens to be a four-time winner (between 2012 and 2015) and one of last year's competition judges. Naderi told the Press that he is excited about participating in this event and that in the moderator role, he will be able to view the competition from a different perspective. "I'm a pretty vocal person; I'm looking forward to asking quality questions throughout the contest to make sure the audience and judges gain some insight into how the chefs are feeling, how they react in situations and checking to make sure they are demonstrating good techniques," said Naderi. He offered some advice to this year's chef competitors:  Don't overthink, use your time well, highlight the secret ingredient and have fun!

The winning chef will receive the "Iron Fork" award and of course, bragging rights (at least through the next year). During the cooking competition, guests will enjoy tastings from local restaurants and samplings of wine, beer and cocktails.

Kevin Naderi
Photo courtesy of Roost

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Cuc Lam is a freelance food writer for the Houston Press and local pop-up chef. She enjoys teaching cooking classes and hosting dinner parties when she is not writing.