Canada’s Chuck Hughes Takes Iron Chef Title


TORONTO — Food Network host and co-owner of Garde Manger in Montreal, Chuck Hughes, reigned supreme on the weekend, becoming the first Quebec chef to take the title of Iron Chef America and first Canadian to beat one of the show’s resident chefs, Bobby Flay.

“This really is a dream come true for me. It was one of the most intense challenges of my life, and I’sm so proud and honoured to represent Quebec and Canada,” said Hughes in a statement about the competition, which has only ever been won by one other Canadian — Rob Feenie, in 2005.

The toque was floored when the secret ingredient turned out to be one of his favourite foods — lobster. His winning menu was made up of a lobster roll with a bloody Caesar cocktail; lobster poutine; lobster and onion ring salad with carrot butter and avocado; lobster mushroom risotto; and jerk-spiced lobster.

Hughes and his two sous chefs from Garde Manger competed in the cook-off last July in New York City and, up until now, have had to keep tight lipped about the outcome.

Photo courtesy of the Food Network.

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