After we ran this photo and a story about this fellow’s new restaurant in St. George and wrote about his tale of beating Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America the Food Network called and said “never heard of ’em.”
Numerous Google searches only confirmed that other media outlets, including the SL Trib when they wrote about him opening the restaurant at Eagle Point Ski Resort when they opened a couple years ago, had also written about him beating Bobby Flay. But no show record, he’s not on the list of contestants on Wikipedia (although that is Wikipedia), and he’s not listed anywhere on the Food Network site.
So we ran a correction.
What I wonder is, will he still hang the plaque up in his restaurant?
FOR THE RECORD
An article on the front of Sunday’s Southern Utah Life section about Chef Craig Haslebacher identified him as a winner of the Food Network program “Iron Chef America,” during which, he said, he beat celebrity Chef Bobby Flay.
Food Network has disputed Haslebacher’s claim, saying the company has no record of Haslebacher ever appearing on the show. Haselbacher was also pictured with a plaque featuring the show’s signature crossed knives, which he said the network sent him.
Irika Slavin, vice president of communications and public relations for Food Network, said via email that her company does not make or give plaques.
Other media outlets in Utah and Washington state have previously identified Haslebacher as an “Iron Chef America” competitor in various stories. However, this appears to be the first time Haslebacher’s claims have come to the attention of Food Network.
When contacted Monday about the Food Network response, Haslebacher stood behind his claims, saying he knows what happened and that he was at Food Network.