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Posted at 3:42 PM ET, 03/20/2007

Battle Star Andres

By Erin

Less than a year after chef Morou was defeated by Bobby Flay in the frozen peas battle on "Iron Chef America," another local talent has stepped up to challenge Flay. Chef Jose Andres of Jaleo, Oyamel, Cafe Atlantico/Minibar and Zaytinya is taking his culinary A-game to the small screen on an upcoming episode of "Iron Chef America." Set to air Sunday, April 1, Andres battles with the help of Katsuya Fukushima and Ruben Garcia, two chief innovators for Minibar. In celebration, Andres will open one of his restaurants for a special charity viewing party.

The battle ingredient is still unknown, but the Iron Chef Web site promises it to be "succulent." Considering Andres's affinity for ham -- Jaleo was the first restaurant in the country to sell jamon Iberico -- I hope that the pork product makes an appearance.

To celebrate, Andres will host a viewing party that night at Jaleo in Crystal City with proceeds benefiting the D.C. Central Kitchen. The party begins at 8 p.m., an hour before the show airs. Admission is free and all donations and profits will benefit the charity. Paella and Spanish ham will be available for sampling and attendees can also order from the full menu. Call Jaleo Crystal City at (703) 413-8181 to reserve space.

--Erin

By Erin  | March 20, 2007; 3:42 PM ET
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Learn more about DCCK at www.dccentralkitchen.org. Reserve your spaces at Jaleo CC now, for they are going mighty fast!

Posted by: FC at DC Central Kitchen | March 23, 2007 10:34 AM | Report abuse

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