March Madness Food Fight 2012: Round Two

The biggest players in the food biz duke it out for glory
March Madness Food Fight 2012: Round Two
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Taking inspiration from last year's Food Fight, we thought it would be fun to pit a roster of culinary superstars against each other in competition. We didn't seed them, but arranged them into four categories: TV food personalities, restaurateurs, chefs, and food writers.

The results of the first round of The Daily Meal’s second annual March Madness Food Fight have been tallied and the latest sets of battles are awaiting your vote.

In the first round, the competitors were chosen based on their personalities, their stature in the food world, and, well, because it just seemed fun to put them up against each other for reasons beyond their culinary prowess. After putting the fate of these culinary challenges in the hands of the public, the results are quite interesting. Guy Fieri edged out Anne Burrell in the battle of their similarly distinctive hairstyle, April Bloomfield emerged victorious over Chris Cosentino in the meat master matchup, and Gordon Ramsay came out on top in the fight for the title of culinary lawsuit king.

The Round Two pairings are detailed below and now the power is in your hands to vote on which participants will advance through to the Sweet Sixteen. Click on the bracket to get an enhanced visual of the battles at hand, and then cast your votes using this survey. Bear in mind that you'll be choosing the victors of each pairing based on the reasons outlined in the breakdown below.

Click here to cast your votes in the March Madness Food Fight.

Check back here Thursday to see who advances to the Sweet Sixteen.


Breakdown: Sweet 16
TV Personalities
Guy Fieri v. The Chairman: Which Food Network star has the cheesiest antics?
Jamie Oliver v. Padma Lakshmi: Who is the prettiest culinary powerhouse?
Robert Irvine v. Bobby Flay: Who would win in a real-life Throwdown?
Emeril Lagasse v. Tom Colicchio: Who is the wisest Top Chef panel judge?

Alain Ducasse v. Drew Nieporent: Who has a better understanding of the NYC restaurant scene?
Danny Meyer v. Sirio Maccioni: Battle of the formal neckties.
Wolfgang Puck v. Gordon Ramsay: Battle of the sexy foreign accents.
Nobu Matsuhisa v. Tom Douglas: Who is more in touch with Americans’ taste in restaurants?

April Bloomfield v. David Chang: Battle of the pig chefs.
Rick Bayless v. Thomas Keller: Who has the more serene countenance?
Alice Waters v. Grant Achatz: Battle of the old guard v. new guard.
Eric Ripert v. Marcus Samuelsson: Who has the better personal style?

Food Media
Jonathan Gold v. Jeffrey Steingarten: Which writer do you trust more?
Ruth Reichl v. Anthony Bourdain: Who contributes more heavily to the Ruth Bourdain persona?
Dana Cowin v. Mark Bittman: Who wins the battle for the best sense of humor?
Ed Behr v. Robb Walsh: Battle Vermont v. Texas