Sunday, June 4, 2017

Iron Chef Tucson Culinary Experience 2017

Years ago, I emceed a few of the Iron Chef Tucson events. That's not part of my job anymore, so this year I went and shot some photos.

The original events were at Desert Diamond Casino, then it moved to Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, and now it's at the Westin La Paloma Resort. The daytime event features a "Culinary Experience" with food sampling from various Tucson restaurants, beer and spirit tastings and classes, and the evening event includes the Iron Chef Tucson competition.

I didn't attend the competition portion, but it featured Travis Peters of The Parish restaurant vs. Michael Elefante of Mama Louisa's. The secret ingredient this year was peaches. Travis emerged victorious in the competition.

Here's some of the photos I shot including the Morning Blend's Tina Jennings:

Food sampling at the Iron Chef Tucson Culinary Experience

I shot a picture of Smokey Rivers shooting a Facebook Live

Discussing Blue Bell ice cream

Food sampling

Food sampling, another view

Tina, April, Jesse

Jesse walks and eats, Tina and Robert stand and eat

Tina in front of the KGUN selfie weather wall

Lining up at the KGUN tent

At the KGUN tent, Robert shoots a photo of
Jesse and Tina in front of the weather wall

Jesse and Tina

Interns working the event


Bar area at the Westin La Paloma

Pool area at the Westin La Paloma

Tina assists former Iron Chef Tucson champion Ryan Clark
with his demonstration preparing ahi tuna

Ryan talks tuna

These folks get info on wine

Four Peaks craft beer room

Spirits sampling all day

Lining up to try some spirits

BBQ 101

"The King" of BBQs, may or may not look like an Elvis ripoff

I'm not allowed in here because I have no class

Back to the tuna, after watching the demonstration
everyone in the audience forms a line to try a sample

You can tuna piano, but you can't tuna fish

Iron Chef Tucson 2017.
It's delicious.