I’ve never eaten pheasant. However I learned about this bird and its preparations b watching the two chefs battled to show off the various ways pheasant could be prepared. It was quite an eye full seeing Battle Pheasant through Morrimoto vs Virant battle. Virant has his place in Chicago which is named Vie.
He is quite an accomplished chefhttp://www.vierestaurant.com/chef.html
and focused on American cuisine with his menuhttp://www.vierestaurant.com/menu.html
Morimito had dishes that included pheasant tenderloin, pheasant dumplings with tomato cream with wasabi, pheasant rice balls and soup and pheasant lettuce wraps.
Virant countered with smoked pheasant with blackberry; pheasant gnocchi; pheasant scotch eggs; pheasant roasted livers; pheasant consome and gremolata.
I thought the battle would be close. I picked Morimoto by +2. He won by +1 so I was within my range and on the winning side.
taste : Virant had 26 to 25 points
plating : Morrimoto had 13 to 11
originality: tied 13 to 13