Taichi Kitamura, executive chef of Eastlake's Sushi Kappo Tamura, recently competed on Food Network's "Beat Bobby Flay" -- and the episode aired last week. Kitamura came away victorious, winning the first round over David deCastro with a porterhouse steak and later besting Bobby Flay with kurobuta pork pot stickers and sea urchin sauce.
"Bobby Flay was very nice," Kitamura said. "It was surreal when I defeated him. He gave me a hug. This is the man who was the most notorious American chef in Japan in the 90's. Now he is hugging me."
In honor of his victory, Kitamura is offering a special seven course "Beat Bobby Flay" Omakase menu that includes the two winning dishes. Other items include local Shigoku oysters, sashimi, two nigiri courses, and dessert. The menu is available for $100 per person and will be offered through April. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (206) 547-0937 or online at Sushi Kappo Tamura.