With the buzz surrounding Bagatelle's Champagne brunches for the over-intoxicated and under-clothed, it's easy to forget that the restaurant employs notable chef Nicolas Cantrel, who did turns with Alain Ducasse and Daniel Boulud. Cantrel flexed his French pedigree versus the newest Iron Chef Marc Forgione on Sunday and came out victorious in battle Gruyère with Gougeres, Black Truffle Gnocchi, and even a dessert that combined apricot Gruyère and the Swiss cheese in Clafoutis.
In addition to Bagatelle screening the win at 8 P.M. on Wednesday, Cantrel will serve the dishes (a la carte ranging from $8 to $28 or in a four-course $60 tasting) in-house January 31 through February on Mondays through Wednesdays. 'Iron Chef' obsessives should find it a fitting time to kick off the menu, since Forgione is serving the Thanksgiving-themed menu that secured his 'Next Iron Chef win' just through the end of the month.
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