Iron Chef, Farmer’s Market Style – Country Chef Challenge Thur @ Daley Plaza

August 3, 2010 at 11:14 am

It’s that time of year.  We do Iron Chef, Farmer’s Market style.  The Country Chef Challenge 2010.  Our friends at Country Financial go at it again; three chefs take to the stands around Daley Plaza (will they stop and say hi to my wife at Tomato Mountain?).  They will have 30 minutes to find exciting, seasonal ingredients and then another 30 minutes to create gourmet treasures.  Country brought in 3 fine chef-testentants for this year:

  • Patrick Fahy
    • Fahy attended Apicius International School of Hospitality in Florence, Italy, and worked at Ristorante San Vito in Montelupo.  His culinary credits include the Ritz-Carlton in his hometown of Chicago and The French Laundry in Napa Valley, Calif.  He is head pastry chef at award winning restaurants Blackbird and avec.


  • Tony Priolo
    • Priolo’s career began at age 16 in an Italian restaurant.  Between opening Coco Pazzo and Piccolo Sogno, where he is executive chef, Priolo visited and worked in Italy to keep his technique authentic.  Coco Pazzo was awarded four diamonds by AAA and recognized as a Distinguished Restaurant of North America.


  • Ivan Yuen
    • Yuen was born in Canton, China, and began a successful culinary career in Hong Kong and Shenzhen before moving to the United States to work in Chinese restaurants in New York, Massachusetts, Michigan and the Chicagoland area.  He is now chef de cuisine at Shanghai Terrace in The Peninsula Chicago, which made Zagat’s list of the top 100 best hotel restaurants and was recognized as one of the 100 best Chinese restaurants in the United States by Food & Wine magazine.

Sitting on the judging panel this year won’t be yours truly, but their will be noted Griend of Beet (FOB)will be Janet Fuller, blogger and food editor at the Chicago Sun-Times; hot local foodie inspiration, Matt Maroni, owner of Gaztro-Wagon, and Roe Conn, host of the Roe Report on United Stations Radio Networks and The Roe Conn Show on WLS-AM Radio Chicago.  CBS 2 meteorologist Steve Baskerville will serve as master of ceremonies.

The chefs take the stage at noon, but come early for much fun activity and schmoozing.  1,000 Daley Plaza Farmers Market shoppers will receive a free canvas bag and the chance to win other great prizes provided by COUNTRY.  The bag was designed by Gargi Vaghmare, a Mather High School senior.  She received a $1,000 scholarship from COUNTRY as the winner of the Farmers Market Reusable Bag Design Contest.