Eric Greenspan, chef and owner of The Foundry on Melrose, was the first contestant to be sent home from The Next Iron Chef last night, mostly due to a pork milanese that a host said was “almost inedible.” Fortunately, home is not too far for Greenspan since the show is shot in his native L.A., but we feel sad to lose our favorite (and only) candidate on day one. The reasoning seems even harder to digest as Greenspan’s challenge was to cook with grasshoppers, easily one of the more difficult ingredients to use in the chef’s challenge that saw some working with more common eel, durian, and stinky tofu.
Grasshoppers are apparently the thankless reward Greenspan earns for taking the crew to Langer’s and acting as tour guide to our humble hamlet. Oh well, at least now we get to keep Chef Eric to ourselves for a little while longer before his strengths as an inventive chef get national recognition. Plus, it should help his Hollywood career that he’s only 34, and not 43 as reported locally last week. We still support you Eric, even if you’re not cable’s next ironman!