After watching two of our finest chefs get beaten on Iron Chef America, I can only conclude that this show is hopelessly rigged. I mean seriously. Sean Brock had pork fat as his secret ingredient, made powdered pork fat, and simply wowed judge Joshua Applestone with his beautiful dishes — and he was robbed of the win. Robbed, I say.
Brock, of McCrady’s and Husk, traveled to New York last year to face down Michael Symon, and he’s been studiously keeping his secret ingredient secret ever since. On Sunday night, he hosted a viewing party at The Griffon pub and had a big-ass grin on his face most of the night. The crowd cheered, heckled, and booed their way through the hour-long program as Brock and his sous chefs — Travis Grimes and Tim Moody — wowed everyone with their creativity, making dishes like halibut wrapped in caul fat, pork skin noodles with lard-poached egg, hamachi with lardo vinaigrette, tuna mortadella with pistachio puree, and funnel cake with powdered pork fat.
Applestone said it best when he told Brock: “You’re a genius.” That he is, and despite losing to Symon, Brock was good-natured about his loss, even though you could tell his competitive feathers were ruffled. In the end, pork fat rules and so does Sean Brock.
Love Best of Charleston? Help the Charleston City Paper keep Best of Charleston going every year with a donation. Or sign up to become a member of the Charleston City Paper club.
Featured Local Savings
Love Best of Charleston?
Help the Charleston City Paper keep Best of Charleston going every year with a donation. Or sign up to become a member of the Charleston City Paper club.