Rossini’s Chef Stefano Wins “Iron Chef Thailand”

| July 5, 2012

Chef Stefano Merlo of Rossini’s award-winning Italian restaurant recently won a thrilling kitchen battle in the prestigious “Iron Chef Thailand”, the exciting television culinary competition show.

Renowned for his exquisite traditional Italian cuisine, Chef Stefano Merlo challenged the reigning Iron Chef, Chef Ian Chalermkittichai who cooked up a menu of distinctly modern molecular international cuisine. But it was the gifted Chef Stefano’s combination of authentic flavors and innovative technique that delighted the judges.

“Iron Chef Thailand” is a cooking show based on Japan’s Fuji Television’s “Iron Chef”.  In each episode, a new challenger chef competes against a resident “Iron Chef” in a one-hour cooking competition based around a theme ingredient.

Chef Stefano’s carefully considered and beautifully executed menu featured his chosen theme ingredient, prime Ponyangkham beef, recognized as Thailand’s premium beef. His incredibly accomplished prize winning menu featured melt-in-the-mouth beef tartare in bark with truffle mayonnaise and flavored napkins followed by Sambuca-scented bull’s testicles with apple, succulent tobacco smoked, slow cooked and half grilled beef tenderloin, and finally, hot sanguinaccio foam, a unique Italian dessert made from blood and chocolate and served with Bacardi and crushed ice.

Stefano Merlo is a naturally gifted chef with a life-long passion for food. He hails from the historic city of Padua in northern Italy where he spent the formative years of his career mastering his native cuisine. Chef Stefano’s extraordinary skills and a desire for new challenges then led him to Tokyo and the celebrated restaurant Enoteca Pinchiorri at Relais & Chateaux. Regarded as one of the finest Italian restaurants in Japan, Chef Stefano worked alongside respected Head Chef, Toshikazu Tsuji. Returning to Italy, he joined the team at Le Calandre, a three-star Michelin restaurant regarded as one of the finest dining experiences in Italy.

Chef Stefano joined Rossini’s award-winning restaurant at Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit in 2010, infusing the menu with his passion and love of traditional Italian cuisine. At Rossini’s he has also collaborated closely with Michelin-starred Chef Alfredo Russo to create a truly unforgettable gastronomic experience.

Discover Chef Stefano’s divine award-winning cuisine, only at Rossini’s.

Punpreuk Smitinand Public Relations Manager Tel. 66(0)26498641

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