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Ariane Beats Bobby Flay!


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She said, "It's payback time Bobby."
She said, “It’s payback time Bobby.”
Ariane Duarte lost a “Top Chef” challenge to Bobby Flay by one point and she was determined not to lose again: Tonight, the Verona chef defeated the Manhattan restaurant mogul on his own show, “Beat Bobby Flay”.

Duarte, who owns Ariane Kitchen & Bar in Verona with her husband Michael and John McEvoy, faced off against Chef Adil Fawzi of Manhattan’s Bistro 61, Marche du Sud and La Frite in a first round based on chestnuts. Duarte made a Christmas classic, chestnut soup, while her competitor went for a riff on pasta carbonara.

Duarte won, earning the right to face Flay in a second based on a signature dish of her choosing: beef tenderloin. Racing against the clock, Duarte created a classic Béarnaise sauce and finished her tenderloin with maitake mushrooms and blue cheese. Flay went his signature south-of-the-border route, swirling red and green chile sauces around his tenderloin. The judges wanted a touch more blue cheese from Duarte, but thought Flay’s sauces were overpowering: Duarte for the win.

Duarte was magnanimous in victory. “This is how we do it in Jersey,” she said. “Merry Christmas!”

Oh, and one more thing Bobby: She says “Happy Birthday”.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


  1. Congratulations!! We heard you won on “Beat Bobby Flay” that aired last night. We are looking for a re-airing of this episode, but cannot find it. Can you tell me when it is re-airing?

    Many thanks,


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