Marc Forgione, From Iron Chef to Peasant
Once upon a time, in New York City 1999, there was a restaurant created by Chef Frank DeCarlo, built around a wood-fired oven, called Peasant. Who knew then that this now iconic place would foreshadow a movement toward cooking with wood that has embedded itself throughout our food culture? Chef Marc Forgione, a friend of DeCarlo's and a regular at Peasant, was on his own culinary journey back then that included working for his father, the legendary Larry Forgione, at An American Place, and then on to France, apprenticing with the Michelen-starred Michel Guerard, then back in the states with Laurent Tourondel (think BLT Prime), and Patricia Yeo -- legends all. Marc then won the Next Iron Chef competition and appeared on the series, competing with mystery ingredients in the moment, in the deep-end, against talented challengers, honing his culinary improvisatory skills that he then manifested at Restaurant Marc Forgione, American Cut, and now, at Peasant, when Frank DeCarlo retired and handed his old friend the baton. You'll hear all about Marc's journey of finding and discovering his unique culinary voice in this latest episode of Pizza Quest.
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