Iron Fork

Iron Fork 2017: Beaker & Gray's Brian Nasajon vs. Tacology's Santiago Gomez in Chef Battle

Miami New Times
New Times' Iron Fork returns for its tenth anniversary with delicious food and a showdown between two of Miami's finest chefs.

It'll all go down Thursday, October 5, when Tacology's Santiago Gomez will face off against Beaker & Gray's Brian Nasajon in an epic battle of fire, blades, and cunning at the Hyatt Regency Miami.

From 7 to 10 p.m., sample delicious bites from more than 60 restaurants, including 180 Degrees @ the DRB, Sushi Sake, JWB Prime Steak & Seafood, Brain Freeze Nitrogen Ice Cream, Grill Argentino, Philly Grub, Dashi, Meat Market, Tacology, the Rusty Pelican, Jack’s Miami, Organic Bites, the Venue at South Beach, Amour de Miami, the Brick, Toro Toro, Soyka, Texas de Brazil, Sensory Delights, Kaori by Walter Martino, Cibo Wine Bar, Wine Date, Caja Caliente, Dr. Limon Ceviche Bar, Morton's the Steakhouse, Atlantikos, and 320 Gastrolounge, and others are added daily. A cash bar will serve Estrella Damm and Voga Italia drinks.

Then get ready to witness an expert demonstration of culinary excellence when Nasajon and Gomez take the stage. Veteran chef Allen Susser will host the Iron Fork competition, during which the two toques will try to woo judges Sean Brasel (Meat Market), Dustin Ward (BLT Prime), Georgio Rapicavoli (Glass & Vine and Eating House), and Jose Mendin (Pubbelly Restaurant Group) to take home the title of New Times' Iron Fork 2017 champion, the coveted "Skillet of Excellence," and a Whizzy Ride, perfect for navigating Miami's streets.

Iron Fork benefits Miami Rescue Mission through a silent auction and raffle. The Mission will also collect all unused food at the end of the evening to feed locals in need of meals.

Right now, general-admission tickets cost $40 each through August 20. But hurry! This Monday, August 21, prices will increase to $50 for general admission through October 4. On October 5, tickets at the door will cost $60.

Go big with VIP tickets and you'll receive perks such as entry into Iron Fork at 6 p.m. for an extra hour of food and fun. In addition, VIP ticketholders will have access to a special lounge with complimentary drinks from Estrella Damm, Voga Italia, and Barton & Guestier, along with exclusive food from BLT Steak, BLT Prime, River Yacht Club, and Glass & Vine. VIP tickets cost $70 through August 20. On August 21, VIP tickets will cost $80 through October 4. On October 5, VIP tickets will cost $90 at the door if they're not sold out. Tickets for this 21-and-older event are on sale now at

New Times' Iron Fork. 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, October 5, at Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami; 305-358-1234; Presale tickets cost $40 to $70 via
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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
Contact: Laine Doss