Pyramid goes iron (chef) … sort of

The Fairmont Hotel’s Pyramid restaurant — which I reviewed recently — is doing some great work, but there’s apparently some friendly rivalry in the kitchen over there. Executive chef Andre Natera and exec sous chef Paul Peddle want to show who’s tops right now, so they are demonstrating their talents in an Iron Chef-like face-off tonight in the legendary Venetian Room of the hotel. The four-course dinner with wine pairing from sommelier Hunter Hammett (one of the most astute wine guys in Dallas right now, if you ask me) costs a pretty reasonable $100, especially considering you have two chefs cookin’ for ya.

There are some tickets still available, which you can get by going here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Pyles announces line-up for celeb chef dinner

For 10 years, Stephan Pyles has hosted an autumn harvest dinner and auction to raise money for his culinary scholarship fund, attracting top talent to join him in the kitchen for an Iron Chef-like cook-off. This year’s star cooks are: Blaine Staniford of Grace in Fort Worth (formerly with Scene and Fuse); Matt Raso of Nobu; Jeffrey Harris of Craft; Tim Byres of Smoke (and formerly Pyles’ exec at his eponymous eatery); Katherine Clapner of Dude, Sweet Chocolate; and of course Pyles and current exec Matt McCallister. Also cooking will be Pyles’ 2010 scholarship winner Keith Hildebrandt. The event kicks off on Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. with a reception. The cost is $150, inclusive of tax and tip. Visit WineFoodFoundation.org to make a reservation.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones