Maybe Kitchen Stadium should be moved to the Valley. After all, local chefs seem quite at home in the famed culinary arena of the Food Network’s popular show “Iron Chef America.”
Last year, Beau MacMillan, chef at Paradise Valley’s Elements, beat Iron Chef Bobby Flay in a Kobe beef showdown.
Sunday, Mark Tarbell, owner of Tarbell’s restaurant in Phoenix, defeated Iron Chef Cat Cora in an apple-based contest.
Next up is Lee Hillson, chef at T. Cook’s at the Royal Palms, who taped an “Iron Chef” appearance last week. It will air in 2008.
Can Hillson keep Arizona’s winning streak going? MacMillan and Tarbell hope so.
“We visited him and gave him whatever tips we could about ingredients and equipment,” says Tarbell. “Most of all, we told him to practice.”
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery celebrates Oktoberfest by introducing with four German-themed menu items and a speciality microbrew today.
The Bier Garden Menu, available through Oct. 8, is highlighted by bierocks, pocket pastries filled with bratwurst, sauerkraut, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, onions and Muenster cheese.
Other items are a Bavarian stew, chicken schnitzel and pretzel bread pudding.
All Rock Bottom restaurants, including three in the East Valley, will tap the chain’s latest specialty brew, Rocktoberfest Bier, a Marzen lager, at 6:30 p.m. today with free samples and entertainment.
RUBIO’S AT CROSSROADS
Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill will open its 20th Valley restaurant Thursday at Crossroads Towne Center in Chandler.
The first 100 guests when doors open at 10:30 a.m. at the new store, 2970 E. Germann Road, will receive one free Rubio’s meal per week for a year.
It will be the third Chandler location for the Carlsbad, Calif., chain, which specializes in Baja-inspired cuisine like fish tacos and carne asada burros.
Information: (480) 855-8484 or www.rubios.com.
TANEKO WINE DINNER
Taneko Japanese Tavern plays host to a winemaker dinner, featuring a multicourse meal complemented by wines from Australia’s Knappstein Wines and New Zealand’s Wither Hills Vineyard, at 6 p.m. today.
The dinner is $65 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.
Taneko, 6166 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, is in The Borgata. Information: (480) 308-9950 or www.tanekotavern.com.