Iron Fork Chefs DeRosa, Rapicavoli Get Into Twitter War
Jamie DeRosa and Giorgio Rapicavoli
We'll admit it. We kinda started it when we asked a few questions of Giorgio Rapicavoli and Jamie DeRosa, the two chefs set to compete in this year's Iron Fork and Miami Spice kickoff event, presented by the Downtown Development Authority, on August 1 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.
We didn't think that these two talented chefs would engage in a war of words using Twitter as their weapon of choice... but we're kind of totally psyched it happened.
Shortly after we posted the interview, in which DeRosa, chef/partner at Tongue & Cheek and Rapicavoli, chef/partner at Eating House, explained their strategies for winning the upcoming competition (which included punching raw meat and training at a non-existent boot camp), a war erupted.
First, DeRosa sent a "gift basket" to Iron Fork judges Timon Balloo and Daniel Serfer. A bribe you say? Maybe in, say, Idaho. But in Miami? Nah... Here are the two judges. Do they look like they could be bought with a mere basket of goodies?
Jamie DeRosa sends a gift basket.
Courtesy of Jamie DeRosa
Apparently, Rapicavoli upped the ante a bit. Though we have no pictures as proof, we do have a tweet by judge Danny Serfer alluding to a different sort of payola:
Then things got really out of hand, when the two chefs turned to their cooking:
And use of "signature" ingredients:
Giorgio Rapicavoli: cereal killer.
Daniel Serfer via Twitter
For now, there's been a Twitter truce, with the chefs holding a cease fire until the big Iron Fork battle on August 1 at the Arsht Center.
Want to see who wins? Of course you do! If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, hurry up. Because if you miss this epic battle, you're going to be kicking yourself. Tickets cost $40 until July 31 for general admission and $75 for VIP, which gets you into the evert an hour earlier, plus allows you complimentary beverages and the chance to get "on stage" with the cast of Legally Blonde!
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