Will local chef Duskie Estes win a spot on this year’s Next Iron Chef competition? Estes, who co-owns Zazu Restaurant & Farm in Santa Rosa, is among four competitors vying for a single available spot on this season’s “Road to Redemption.”
The 2012 Food Network series focuses on 10 chefs who’ve failed to make the cut in the past. Nine of the spots have already been secured by chefs including Nate Appleman, Elizabeth Falkner, Alex Guarnaschelli and Marcel Vigneron.
Estes lost her bid for title two years ago in Season 3: Episode four. It wasn’t pretty.
Over the last several weeks, Estes and three other competitors have taken part in Webisodes on foodnetwork.com for the coveted opening.
Today, the site aired Estes’s episode (which is only about 6 minutes long.)
I won’t spoil the fun, but suffice to say, there’s a Sonoma County duck involved, some awkward moments with her old nemesis Alton Brown and a lot lotta smack talk.