Join The National WWII Museum for the first ever Ration Wars—a fast-paced, Iron Chef style, WWII-themed cooking competition. Cohosted by New Orleans food critic Ian McNulty and Chopped Teen season 3 champion Eliana de Las Casas, the competition will feature a clash of two local New Orleans chefs. Neal Swidler, Executive Chef at Broussard’s, will helm Team 1. Neal spent many years in some of the best kitchens in New Orleans, including Emeril’s Delmonico and Mike's on the Avenue. Team 2 is led by Natasha Clement, a small-town, self-taught cook who won Food Network’s All-Star Academy in 2016, the show’s second season. Clements has since opened her own private dining business, Sophisticated Southern Plates LLC. Joining Clements will be Ailsa von Dobeneck, a veteran of MasterChef season 6. Ailsa was a writer and presenter on American foodways for the Daily Beast, Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian. She now lives in Baton Rouge, hunting for the best Gulf Coast cuisine.
Chef Susan Spicer, of local New Orleans restaurants Mondo and Bayona, will be joined by Chef Eric Schutzmann of The American Sector Restaurant + Bar and Chef Frank Brigsten of Brigsten's Restaurant to judge the competition.