Duskie Estes of Zazu an Iron Chef candidate

Local chef hits the Food Network bigtime

Duskie, is that you?

Local foods champion and restaurant owner Duskie Estes of Santa Rosa’s Zazu Restaurant + Farm, Bovolo + Black Pig Meats has been chosen as one of ten chefs from around the country competing on the Food Network’s Next Iron Chef.
She’ll be in the company of such heavy hitters as Ming Tsai, the chef-owner of Blue Ginger, Andrew Kirshner of Wilshire in LA and Marc Forgione of Forge in New York.
Estes has been bound to secrecy by the network, but she did tell BiteClub, “I’m super excited!”
From the FN machine: :“The third season of The Next Iron Chef certainly has no shortage of tough competitors,” said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Programming & Production. “These chefs are some of the fiercest and most decorated yet, which promises the most exciting culinary rivalries to date.”
Just don’t be too alarmed by her bio pic on the FN site. The usually toned-down Estes has been given a deluxe dolling-up. “My kids say, ‘That’s not my mommy!'” she said over the phone. We’ll also forgive the fact that they spelled her restaurant incorrectly on the FN site.
Congrats to Duskie. Despite some SF snarking (pffffff), it’s about time that SoCo kitchens get the mainstream cred they so deserve.
Restaurant consultant Clark Wolfe, on InsideScoopSF said of Estes, “gotta tell you, I think it’s a great choice. She does the kind of hearty farmland food that represents some of the best of the Bay Area without a lot of the sillyness that passes for technique. It will be interesting to see how it’s recieved by a winner take all tv crowd. Go Duskie!!”
The series begins October 3 on Food Network.
Here’s more on the show from the Food Network:
This season, the contestants battle their way from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to New York, for the right to compete in the finale in legendary Kitchen Stadium. Along the way, they will be challenged to showcase important Iron Chef attributes through their food: ingenuity, innovation, resourcefulness, transformation, respect, inspiration, seduction, and honor. Host Alton Brown puts the culinary warriors through eight grueling tests that pay homage to American cuisine. Challenges include: cooking on a desert island, catching their secret ingredients in the wild, dreaming up a 5-star luxury menu and turning ordinary fair food into an Iron Chef worthy meal. Esteemed judges Donatella Arpaia (restaurateur and cookbook author), Simon Majumdar (food writer and broadcaster), and Iron Chef Michael Symon (chef and restaurateur) critique the challenges and narrow down the competition. The final two battle for supremacy in Kitchen Stadium in the season finale on Sunday, November 21st, at 9pm ET/PT. The winner joins the ranks of Symon, Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto, Mario Batali, Cat Cora and Jose Garces and launches into instant fame as a member of the Chairman’s team on Iron Chef America.


10 thoughts on “Duskie Estes of Zazu an Iron Chef candidate

  1. Thanks for picking up on this great local story! Duskie is an excellent choice as she represents the food values of our area–local, sustainable.
    And it’s Clark Wolf (no “e” on his last name).

  2. Great for you Duskie! I agree with your kids! That is not the real you.
    I am VERY proud of you!

  3. Zazu is good eats!
    How does the FN manage to misspell a four letter word where two (or, half) of them are the same letter?

    1. Duskie is the Bomb! Wishing her lots and lots of success which she deserves. Hopefully the make-up stuff won’t stick – lots of Albolene Makeup Remover Girlfriend – we want the REAL Duskie back.

  4. I saw her compete in the mac and cheese challenge and she was robbed!
    Good luck to her. She is great restaurateur and wonderful member of her community
    and would be a fabulous rep for Sonoma County

Comments are closed.