Ryan Clark Wins Iron Chef Tucson 2011

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Ryan Clark, the executive chef of Lodge on the Desert, is the new Iron Chef Tucson.

Clark beat Steven Schultz of Red Sky in Luna Bella at this weekend’s Iron Chef Tucson competition at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.

Let’s go over a few factoids about Clark, shall we? The man is in his mid-20s and is attempting to take home three local culinary awards this year. He just nailed the first one, and next up is the Iron Chef competition at this year’s Tucson Meet Yourself. (He’s already a two-time winner.)

Clark will also compete at the Copper Chef Challenge at the Tucson Culinary Festival at the end of October. The word is that he is the only Tucson chef to participate in all three events.

We should also mention that Clark led the restaurant at Lodge on the Desert through some dark times last year. The resort had just finished a massive, multi-million-dollar renovation when a fire decimated the kitchen. The restaurant was closed for all of five seconds or something before Clark had it open again, running the entire operation out of a tiny mobile kitchen.

Yeah, Ryan Clark is killing it. Nuff said.

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