Knife Fight

2013, TV Show

Full Episodes(35)

Latest Episode: Live Halibut

Aug 19, 2014 Season 2 Episode 17 watch on (Paid)

It's Nor Cal vs. So Cal when Santa Barbara's Jason Paluska and Oakland's Kyle Itani duke it out for the ultimate prizes, bragging rights and the big knife. With this episode's special ingredients cilantro, collard greens and live halibut, it's anyone's game. Will a last minute frying oil delivery be enough to help Kyle's Japanese-s tyle dishes win over the judges and beat out Tex-Mex lover Jason? Find out!


Aug 12, 2014 Season 2 Episode 16

When renowned San Francisco chef Traci Des Jardins visits L.A., she stays with uber-talented Border Grill chef Mary Sue Milliken. Watch things get awkward as the two close friends battle it out for one night at The Gorbals! On the menu are yucca, skate wing and whole pheasant. Will Traci's Nicoise flavors overcome Mary Sue's Latin cuisine? Find out who goes home a champion in another tight race!
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Whole Goose

Aug 05, 2014 Season 2 Episode 15

It's a southern showdown! Best friends Kelly English of Memphis and Tandy Wilson of Nashville compete in an all-out battle. On top of this episode's special ingredients goose, beef tendon and heirloom carrots, the duo have placed a special wager on the chopping block. Find out who will be taking home the winner's knife--and their facial hair.
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Aug 05, 2014 Season 2 Episode 14

Let it rain! Seattle chef Jason Wilson from Crush and good friend Greg Denton of Portland's Ox match wits in a battle of Northwest titans! Jason is a 2010 James Beard Award winner while his protege Greg recently got knocked out in the semifinals. Is redemption on the menu? See who prepares juniper berries, chicken gizzards and Conger eel best in the tightest competition in the show's history.
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Jul 29, 2014 Season 2 Episode 13

Season 1 winner Ricardo Zarate returns to the kitchen to defend his reign against Los Angeles area Fig restaurant Executive Chef Ray Garcia in a super-close battle for the title. With octopus, alpaca and high-quality mangalitsa pork fat as the night's special ingredients, there's no telling what will happen. With 1 hour on the clock and 2 dishes on the line, will either of them be able to pull off a 3rd dish and the win for the night?
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Beef Forequarter

Jul 29, 2014 Season 2 Episode 12

Portland's Master Butcher Adam Sappington meets Kansas City's James Beard award winning chef Michael Smith in an epic pasta-beef battle. With a kitchen filled with surprises and semolina flour and a solid quarter of a cow, one can only imagine the possible outcomes. Will the known pasta expert be able to keep up with the expert butcher and his saw? Find out whose dishes will take home the winner's knife.
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Sea Cucumber

May 20, 2014 Season 2 Episode 11

We have a tag team match! Portland chefs John Gorham and Kasey Mills of Toro Bravo bring their exotic flavors to The Gorbals to face off against locals David Lentz and Kris Longley from The Hungry Cat. This episode's special ingredients include live sea cucumber, quail and dragonfruit! With three very distinct flavors on the menu, teamwork will be key to pulling out a victory. And between the quail's tiny bones and the sea cucumber's slimy skin, even working together might not save them from a colossal mistake!
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May 20, 2014 Season 2 Episode 10

It's the Battle of New Orleans! Commander's Palace chef Tory McPhail takes on his former employee Sue Zemanick of Ivy to settle a years-old score. Sue hasn't forgotten getting fired by her former mentor or getting beat out by him for the James Beard Award in 2013. Is she willing to play dirty to turn the tides in her favor? The two chefs churn out seven delicious plates using special ingredients pastis, bison and conch! See who takes home the big knife in this classic grudge match!
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Live Scallops

May 13, 2014 Season 2 Episode 9

"Top Chef" alum Kevin Gillespie of Atlanta's Gunshow draws local underdog Eric Park of the Black Hogg gastropub in a super-close fight to the finish! See where their imagination takes them with special ingredients Angry Orchard hard cider, live scallops and pigs' feet. And speaking of feet, host Ilan Hall makes Eric wear a walking boot to match Kevin's and level the playing field. Will celebrity judge Brett Gurewitz get a kick out of the dishes that our chefs trot out there?
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May 13, 2014 Season 2 Episode 8

Who will draw first blood? Southern Californians Tin Vuong of Abigaile and Perry Cheung of Phorage engage in a spirited battle with an Asian flavor. Both chefs seem confident using tea and Satsuki rice--but will either falter with the third special ingredient? See who can make vampires drool with their pig blood dishes! We have everything from delicious custard to breakfast omelets to fried chicken in this one.
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Pig Ears

May 06, 2014 Season 2 Episode 7

Legendary Portland chef Vitaly Paley volunteers two of his most accomplished pupils for an unforgettable slugfest at The Gorbals! Imperial's Benjamin Bettinger unleashes a bacon-wrapped rabbit roulade that might be the knockout blow, but Paley Place's Patrick McKee counters with a one-two rabbit tartare and loin combo that evens things up. It all comes down to their pig ear dishes! Did they leave the ears in the pressure cooker long enough?
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May 06, 2014 Season 2 Episode 6

Sweetbreads sounds much tastier than cow thymus--but make no mistake! Two of Los Angeles' finest chefs will make the exotic cut of beef sing! Acabar's Kevin Luzande and City Tavern's Jessica Christensen match wits for city bragging rights and a big knife in another great episode. See who makes the best of special ingredients lentils and beer to take their meat to the next level and who will be drowning their sorrows after their one hour is up!
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Sea Snails

Apr 29, 2014 Season 2 Episode 5

Friends of 15 years face off! Italian wunderkind Sal Marino of Il Grano and La Bottega in Santa Monica challenges old friend and former "Knife Fight" judge Mark Peel. After the closure of his restaurant Campanile last year, Mark is hungry to redeem himself on the L.A. culinary scene. To get it done, he'll have to use English peas and tendrils, sea snails and venison better than his seasoned opponent. See if they remain friends after the decision!
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Apr 29, 2014 Season 2 Episode 4

Former minor league pitcher and chef at the Wallace in L.A. fights for home field advantage against Hollywood's Johnny Zone of La Poubelle. The chefs seem pretty confident with special ingredients aji (a Japanese mackerel) and coconuts, but host Ilan Hall throws them a curve with cardoons, a bitter plant from the thistle family. Johnny goes bold and chooses to prepare the vegetable raw while Michael stays tradition. See if Johnny's home run cut scores well with the judges or sends him back to the showers!
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Live King Crab

Apr 22, 2014 Season 2 Episode 3

Big Texan Chris Shepherd comes to Hudson House chef Brooke Williamson's home turf to do battle! How will they handle bottarga, mustard frills and live Alaskan king crab? Carefully!
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Knife Fight Clips & Interviews collapse view

The Mix: Daiquiris & Ernest Hemingway
Gillespie vs. Park - Stomped By Pig's Feet
Knife Fight: Paluska vs. Itani - Beer Braised Collard Greens
Strubel vs. Mairinger: The Game Plan
Paderno vs. Santana: Mirko's Braised Pork
How To Deglaze A Pan With Ilan Hall
How To Sear A Steak With Ilan Hall
Sweetbread Cooking Ideas
Eat Like a Man: Preparation Is Key
Ilan and CJ at the Spice Station
Eric Wareheim Judges Knife Fight
Mozzarella Sticks, Steak & Eggs, Popcorn Ceviche
Two Takes on Pig’s Blood
Vargas vs. Wills Pantry Tour
The Mix: The Martini

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