Yefim Bronfman to be a judge on Food Network's 'Iron Chef America'
Yefim Bronfman, the powerhouse pianist, has a taste for fine food as well as great music. He's the first classical musician to serve as a judge on the Food Network's competition show, Iron Chef America. The broadcast is slated for Sunday (Aug. 9). Bronfman, described as a connoisseur of food and wine and a big fan of the network, got to judge a contest between two chefs using "a top-secret ingredient."
A couple months ago, Bronfman gave a fiery account of Rachmaninoff's Third with the Baltimore Symphony; the memory of that performance still lingers. Next week, he heads to Tanglewood, then off to Europe for more concerts.
In honor of Bronfman's foodie debut this weekend, here's ...
an appetizing sample of his work as a pianistic gourmet, playing the heck out of the brilliant, eventful concerto written for him (and here conducted) by Esa-Pekka Salonen: