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Asian chefs East and West will compete at Culinary Battles® hosted by Caesars

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In the search for America’s supreme Asian chef, Caesars has searched the country’s top cities for chefs to compete for the title. In its second year, hosted by Caesars Entertainment, Culinary Battles® has created the ultimate challenge for Asian chefs.

“Never before has an entertainment giant such as Caesars acknowledged the Asian community, culture and cuisine in this manner," states Master Chef Joseph Poon. "Asian cuisine has so many flavors and varieties that have yet to be uncovered by the American public. Culinary Battles® is the perfect platform to better expose Asian culture to all audiences."

Participating chefs are:
East Coast chef competitors hail from the top culinary cities of New York and Philadelphia. They are: Jay Cho, Chul Kee Ko of Fushimi, Dongchan Lee of Barn Joo, David Park, Jenny Wang and Luo Jiang ThYong of Jane G’s Restaurant.
West Coast competitors, all from Los Angeles, are: Perry Cheung of Phorage, Chris Oh of Seoul Sausage, Kathy Nguyen of Uyen Thy Bistro, Yoya Takeshi of Hamasaku, Erwin Tjahyadi of Komodo Food and Corey Vuu of the Academy of Art Culinaire.

In the tradition of ancient battles, live audiences are invited to participate as only two chefs on each coast advance to the Culinary Battles final, which will be held in a heated battle at Caesars Palace Las Vegas on April 3, 2014.

This is the first time live audiences have been invited to participate. The three-event series will take place on March 1 at Caesars Atlantic City; the second on March 15 at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, California, and final culminating in the ultimate showdown on April 3 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

As the exclusive Culinary Battles® chef host, local resident and TV personality Chef Diane Henderiks will encourage the audience, the chefs and the judges, to find America's Supreme Asian Chef. Henderiks, a native New Jersey resident from the shore, is a personal chef, registered dietitian, cookbook author and caterer on a mission to teach America how to cook and eat well.

Culinary Battles® will boast an all-star panel of judges including for Caesars Atlantic City: Chef Justin Antiorio and Barbie Marshall of Hell’s Kitchen (Season 10 on FOX) and legendary Master Chef, Joseph Poon. For the Los Angeles battle at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts: Serious Eats contributor Damon Gambuto, celebrity chef Jet Tila, Le Cordon Bleu lead instructor Jeff Jimenez and executive chef for David Myers’ Hinoki & The Bird Kuniko Yagi.

Culinary Battles® was created in partnership with Caesars Entertainment to raise awareness of Asian culture and give back to the community through an innovative recognition program. Culinary Battles® seeks chefs that demonstrate an innovative approach to traditional Asian dishes and most importantly, capture the richness and diversity of Asian culture and cuisine.

“We are always looking for new ways to provide top-notch entertainment to our guests,” says Phillip Auerbach, Caesars Entertainment Senior Vice President of Hospitality & Entertainment Marketing. “These action-packed cooking competitions are a great way to celebrate diverse cultures, while feeding our country’s hunger for Asian cuisine.”

If you are a foodie fanatic you can cheer on their favorite competing chefs by tagging their tweets, check-ins, and photos with #culinarybattles. Share your enthusiasm by following Culinary Battles® on Twitter and Facebook. To be a member of the live audience at Culinary Battles®, here are the dates: East Coast: Atlantic City Regional – Mar. 1, 2014 at Caesars Atlantic City; West Coast: Los Angeles Regional– Mar. 15, 2014 at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, CA; Las Vegas Finale – Apr. 26, 2014 at Caesars Palace Las Vegas

For more information, visit Culinary Battles®.

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