Monday, August 29, 2005

‘Iron Chef’ Inspires Friendly Cook-Offs

PARMA, Ohio (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Apparently Iron Chef is so smoking hot that folks are staging their own cooking battles in their homes and communities.

One such lover of the Food Network cooking show, which features chefs squaring off preparing dishes in under 60 minutes, is Phil Soencksen from Parma, Ohio.

Last year, Soencksen held his own Iron Chef-style cooking contest at his house where 15 chefs – his friends and family – worked around an apple theme to come up with dishes like apple-smoked pork, apple stuffed cabbage and apple seasoned prime rib.

Soencksen says, “Everything turned out great.”

The foodie battle was so successful, Soencksen submitted his story to the Food Network’s new contest, “How Do You Iron Chef?” and a crew came out to film his Iron Chef battle this summer.

Food Network big wigs are still looking for more Soencksen- types for the contest and are asking folks to send in their cooking battle stories at for a chance to appear on-air or online.

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