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New Times' Iron Fork This Thursday

Allez cuisine!

Just like the addictive Japanese import Iron Chef, Thursday's Iron Fork event at Grand Central (697 N. Miami Ave., Miami) will test the mettle of two chefs to determine a champion. The only difference: no Mark Dacascos.

The annual event from our brothers and sisters at Miami New Times will pit 2009 champ John Critchley of Area 31 against Douglas Rodriguez of D. Rodriguez Cuba in a winner-take-all culinary cage match. Each chef will receive a basket of goods with one secret ingredient and will have to prep a meal for the judges that will blow their lids off. The live throwdown will be performed Iron Chef-style in front of a hungry audience, with plenty of food from local restaurants to sate their cravings.

Those restaurants will throw down on grub for you to snack on while you watch the

proceedings. In attendance will be Chef Allen's, El Rey de las Fritas,

Grill on the Alley, the Joint, Kitchen 305, Taverna Opa, and many more,

along with an open bar featuring Bombay Sapphire Gin and vino from

Barefoot Wine and Bubbly. The party starts at 7 p.m. and runs till 10; a VIP-only nosh session starts one hour earlier.

In this epic battle for chef supremacy, there can be only one victor.

But there are plenty of winners, since proceeds benefit the United Way.

Nab tickets here for $35, or grab them at the door tomorrow for $45. VIP tix run $65.

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John Linn

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