Sunday, March 14, 2010

Food Network "Throwdown" Challenges Federal Hill's Favorite Pie Maker

On Tuesday, March 9, what started as a taping for a special Food Network segment featuring Rodney Henry (above, in hat) from Dangerously Delicious Pies (1036 Light St.), quickly turned into something much more … a throwdown! While Rodney captivated the audience at Luckie’s Tavern (10 Market Pl.) rockin’ out on his guitar and answering questions from the crowd, chef and well-known Food Network personality Bobby Flay was in hiding, waiting to make a special appearance.

Appearing from out of nowhere, Flay challenged Rodney to a “throwdown.” The dish at hand? Quiche! That’s right, Bobby and Rodney went head-to-head in a quiche competition. Rodney made his savory Cowboy Quiche, filled with bacon, ham, potatoes, jalapenos and various cheeses. Bobby’s quiche featured plenty of jalapenos, chorizo sausage and goat cheese, finished with a dollop of pesto on top.

Two judges were picked from Baltimore: Chef Cindy Wolf and a Baltimore firefighter. Although Bobby technically went home the winner, it’s safe to say that Rodney won over the city of Baltimore with both his sweet and savory pies and quiches.

Several Federal Hill residents were on hand for the action, including Main Street volunteer Erin Hopkins and Board member Cathy Strodel. "It was lots of fun and Rodney was great," said Strodel.

“Throwdown with Bobby Flay” airs on Wednesday nights at 9pm on the Food Network. Tune in each week to see Bobby challenge the best of the best when it comes to unique and popular dishes from around the country. -- Story by Courtney Luxon, photo by Erin Hopkins

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