It’s been a long time since competition cooking was something best enjoyed at 2am, besotted and giggling with your friends over strange Japanese cuisine. It’s been a while since Iron Chef was a cadre of amusingly-bad overdubs, severe chef smack talkers, strangely knowledgeable old men and alluringly beautiful if oddly demurring actresses. And of course, Kenji Fukui.

Fukui-san! (Go!)

Fukui-san! (Go!)

Yet that excitement for the exotic might be the single biggest driver of the food culture of modern America in the last twenty years. And in it’s place, a well spring of competition cooking shows has made it’s way all the way to the hallowed halls of network television. Iron Chef America, Chopped, Top Chef, The Taste. Best of all, competition cooking has now made it’s way to Rochester.

On February 8th, Park Avenue will be the ground for an epic battle of the chefs, as Battle Dish Rochester fires up the grills and the fryers and the ovens for a culinary bellum omnium in omnes. Six chefs from six restaurants will, in the words of Shakespeare’s fictionalized Henry V, “Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood, disguise fair nature with hard-favored rage,” and put their best forward for the judgement of experts, and if you come along with us, you.

Tickets for the event range from teaser packages to the full swag-bag treatment, and best of all, you’ve got yourself a discount code courtesy of DragonFlyEye.Net and Rochester’s Dishcrawl ambassador, Nicole Benziger. Get your tickets right now and use the coupon code “roc456” to get $10 off the price.

Get your tickets now!!

The Rochester Dish Crawl has been doing great things for Rochester neighborhood cuisine for the past several months, having done tours of Park Avenue, South Avenue and East End neighborhoods, as well as a “Bacon and Beer Extravaganza.” My wife and I were lucky enough to get to be at the first Dishcrawl and meet Nicole, so I am excited to again be able to offer my readers a special offer to try out Battledish Rochester. I think this is probably the coolest thing happening in Rochester food, right now.

I hope I see you there!