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Supreme Cuisine

On the TV show Iron Chef, two culinary competitors create unique, delectable, mouthwatering dishes for a panel of four ungrateful judges — all while you watch, stomach growling, from your living room couch. At Miami New Times’ annual Iron Fork, on the other hand, chefs from 36 Miami restaurants will dish out their best right onto your plate. And that’s just the beginning. While you nosh your way through Miami’s culinary landscape, chef Jamie DeRosa of Tongue and Cheek and chef Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House will throw down in their own head-to-head cooking competition — one that’ll be judged by real experts, rather than that lady who starred on Law & Order in the ’90s. Former winner Daniel Serfer of Blue Collar, Timon Balloo of Sugarcane, and San Brasel of Meat Market will decide whose cuisine reigns supreme. Norwegian Cruise Line is making its way across the bay to the Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) for the event too, bringing its on-ship performers to serenade diners with the sounds of the Broadway musical Legally Blonde. (Little known fact: After graduating from Harvard Law, Elle Woods went on to become one of the few chefs in history to beat Masaharu Morimoto in Kitchen Stadium.) So, whose “iron” foodie event reigns supreme? It’s pretty obvious, no? Iron Fork runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday. Tickets cost $35 in advance, $55 at the door. VIP tickets cost $65 in advance or $90 at the door and include an extra hour of pigging out, starting at 6. Visit
Thu., Aug. 1, 7-10 p.m., 2013
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Ciara LaVelle is New Times' arts and culture editor. She earned her BS in journalism at Boston University, moved to Florida in 2004, and landed a job as a travel writer. For reasons that seemed sound at the time, she gave up her life of professional island-hopping to join New Times' staff in 2011. She left the paper in 2014 to start a family, but two years and two babies later, she returned in the hopes that someone on staff would agree to babysit. No takers yet.
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