Stoneacre Pantry Vs Bristol Oyster Bar In Battle Chefs Semifinal

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Chefs Derrick Marquis and Adi Mandel compete with some very strange ingredients.

There have been a few times when Albert Bouchard has brought out meat cleavers and a hammer in advance of a Battle Chefs competition. Typically, it has been to intimidate or mislead the audience and contestants, but they hadn’t proved necessary. Tuesday night, chefs Derrick Marquis of Stoneacre Pantry and Adi Mandel of Bristol Oyster Bar were not so lucky.

Adi Mandel competed in this season’s first fight, beating Johnson & Wales instructor, Chef Neath Pal. Derrick Marquis won the last of the preliminary rounds, in a fight we’re dubbing “Revolving Door: Civil War“, as Marquis, who’d been the restaurant’s guest chef for February, went against the man who took his spot for the next month, Thomas Hunold. Derrick won, meaning he’d have to stroll the whole 50 feet from Stoneacre to the Revolving Door for last night’s challenge.

Secret Ingredients

pigs head durian fruit

Pigs’ Heads

This requires little explanation. Someone decapitated Babe and an individual with food ordering privileges at The Revolving Door (we’re guessing Albert Bouchard or Josh Berman) decided to purchase it…with a spare (possibly from Babe’s friend, Wilbur).

Durian Fruit

Durian is the world’s smelliest fruit. So smelly that they make videos of people smelling it for the first time. They smell like bananas and wet socks (or some other variation of the worst combination you can think of).


Belonging to the ginger family, turmeric has been used in East India and the Middle East for thousands of years, and is now one of the most highly-prized spices in the world. It’s actually unclear whether it was first used for its peppery flavor and the unique kick it lends to foods. Ancient medicinal uses for turmeric began when it was noted as an anti-inflammatory agent, and then to treat a wide variety of conditions, such as jaundice, menstrual problems, blood in the urine, hemorrhaging, toothaches, bruises, chest pain, flatulence, and colic.

The name “turmeric” is derived from the Persian word for “saffron,” the neon yellow-orange hue used to make curry and yellow mustard. A domesticated plant rather than wild, India remains one of the most prominent producers of turmeric, along with Indonesia, the Philippines, China, Taiwan, Jamaica, and Haiti.

The Battle Chefs Finals

The winner of this fight (we won’t spoil it for you) is going to head-to-head against Joseph Dumas of the Salvation Cafe on April 26th! Get your tickets today!

See you there.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Culinary Correspondent

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