Tory Miller talks about beating Bobby Flay in “Iron Chef Showdown”
Executive Chef Tory Miller has a new title now as winner of the "Iron Chef Showdown" against celebrity chef Bobby Flay.
Miller is the executive chef and co-owner of L'Etoile, Graze, Estrellon and Sujeo restaurants in Madison.
He defeated Flay on the Food Network's "Iron Chef Showdown" Wednesday night. Miller won the televised competition by preparing bison for a panel of judges.
"I was definitely nervous watching it but mostly because I wasn't sure what kind of ridiculous stuff would come out of my mouth," said Miller.
Miller grew up in Racine before moving to New York to attend the French Culinary Institute. Now that he is back home in Wisconsin, he said sharing his talents with the next generation of chefs is important along with supporting Wisconsin farmers.
"We started a program at Sherman Middle School called CHOW which stands for Cooking Healthy Options in Wisconsin and that coincided with raising money and building a garden where there was just a lawn which still goes on now," said Miller.
Miller talked about how he felt when he found out his competition.
"When they told me it was Bobby, I was actually honestly a little afraid, not like scared or anything but… You can't beat him and he rarely loses. He has something like an 80 percent win record," said Miller.
Now that he is back home, he said it is back to what he does best.
"Make some noodles, keep working, you do what you do. My whole thing is I just want to keep representing our restaurants, our crews, representing for Wisconsin," said Miller.
Miller was also selected as a winner of a James Beard Foundation Award in 2012. He said he went to New York to become a chef because he saw Bobby Flay on a commercial for the French Culinary Institute, so beating Flay was a surreal moment.