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Jan 8, 2012 07:31 AM

Restaurant owner Terry Valenti accused of falsifying Iron Chef experience

It appears a restaurant owner, Terry Valenti (where in NY is his restaurant?) claimed he beat Bobby Flay in Battle Parsnips. Only problem is no one has any record of it. Anyone else know anything about this?

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  1. Terry Valenti is a career con artist, you can read all about this at

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    1. re: mrkarma

      That's a wild read ...thanks!

      1. re: mrkarma

        I just read that whole comments section. Talk about entertaining.

        1. re: nofunlatte

          Loved this comment:

          "Comments section has gone totally Jerry Springer — without the chairs."

        2. re: mrkarma

          Thanks Mrkarma for the additional info.

        3. That whole blog discussion is quite a soap opera. Enormously entertaining.

          The guy claims to have been on ICA in 2003. We shot the four-episode "Pilot" (Battle of the Masters) in early 2004 and it aired at the end of April. The series version didn't begin airing until Jan 2005.

          It always astonishes me how people can lie about stuff that's so easily verified.

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          1. re: acgold7

            Yes, I pointed out his claim about ICA in '03, when it wasnt even in existance that year. He also claims to be an ex Marine, went so far as getting a Marine tattoo, when he never did ONE DAY in the Marines. He claims to be a Hells Angels too even has AFFA tattooed on his fingers. He's a pathological liar, It's just he's finally getting caught in all his lies.

            1. re: mrkarma

              Is that your blog? I looked for your user name there but didn't find it. I should have pointed out that this was noted on that blog, but just wanted to bring that out here for those who didn't follow the link.

              What a sociopath. And his "wife" seems even worse.

              And shame on the "journalists" -- both print and TV -- who bought this line without doing the slightest bit of fact-checking.

              1. re: acgold7

                Yeah, I mean the con artist couple is terrible but the food critic who's never heard of fact checking and writes like a high school dropout - "Garlic toast was sliced good and thick"? Ugh! Guess Buffalo News isn't exactly NY Times.

                I did find the blog and reviews of the restaurant very entertaining. Apparently when you order fish and chips there, you literally get fish and potato chips and they try to tell you it's their version of fish and chips. And so many shill reviews! If they spent time improving their recipe instead of postleviews online...

                1. re: uwsister

                  The food critic has been around forever, too - she should know better.

          2. It will be interesting to see how the town embraces this restaurant.

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              1. "...train wreck that I could not tear myself away from."

                I think I spent a couple hours at the office today reading and following the various links. What a psycho-social meltdown. Why this isn't a reality tv series I don't know. Some network out there has to be crass and low enough to turn it into one. Food Network is obviously up to the task (or down depending how you view it) but maybe they need to team up with one of the other low brow sensationalist channels to maximize the melodrama. Combo of food, crime drama, spurned lovers, nut jobs, it has it all.

                I understand gangs don't like it much when someone fakes membership like this guy apparently has done, so I can only assume at some point there will be a mob of toque wearing, rolling pin wielding CIA thug/chefs who beat him senseless.

                1. re: RC51Mike

                  I don't know if Food Network could handle this, After all, this guy just pulled an "Irvine." Something the FN doesn't apparently deem to be of consequence.


                  Oh, I am not trying to rehash the Irvine thing. Just responding to the above post.

                  1. re: TrishUntrapped

                    Ha! I was JUST going to mention the "Chef" Irvine thing...only difference between the two is that one is promoted by FN and the other is trying to make a living. Interesting how harsh people are on this guy but will tune in happily to Restaurant Impossible on a weekly basis...

                  2. re: RC51Mike

                    I understand gangs don't like it much when someone fakes membership like this guy apparently has done, so I can only assume at some point there will be a mob of toque wearing, rolling pin wielding CIA thug/chefs who beat him senseless.

                    whomever said that the comments on that blog had "gone totally Jerry Springer — without the chairs" was absolutely right.

                    his wife sounds like she's several slices short of a full loaf, and he's clearly a sociopath. i'd really love to hear what he has to say for himself now that he's been outed, but i doubt we'll ever have the pleasure...

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      I especially like how the "wife" keeps logging in under a new and different user name every day, as if that's all it takes to make us ignore the hilariously illiterate writing....

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        Jerry Springer without the chairs pretty much sums it up. I've come to the conclusion that the infamous Debra Farley is actually Kaiser Soze.

                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          LOL! I hadn't read this thread all the way through, but I also noted the Jerry Springer w/o the chairs comment, ghg. ;-)

                        2. re: RC51Mike

                          Yeah 'Guy' F. would be the perfect host. LOL

                          1. re: TrishUntrapped

                            Guess we won't know, as my inquiry is no longer on the NY state board.

                            1. re: Melanie Wong

                              That is strange and disappointing. I really can't imagine why it was removed. I was looking forward to reading any replies! I wonder what rules that post broke????

                              1. re: woodleyparkhound

                                It might have been attracting comments that were about the blog piece rather than the food, so therefore duplicative of this thread. If someone actually eats there, please report in.

                                1. re: Melanie Wong

                                  I heard of this on the NY boards first, and the thread vanished into the ether, no idea why either....but nice to see its made a reappearance here. I read the blogs, and LMAO!

                              2. That was the funniest bed time story I've had in years. Thanks!

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                                1. re: piano boy

                                  well there's an hour I'll never get back! what a read!!!

                                2. LOL I would love to watch Battle Parsnips!

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                                  1. re: Bob W

                                    I would too. Bring on the parsnips! Extra snippy for this one!

                                    1. re: TrishUntrapped

                                      I know we would hear Alton exclaim, "The ice cream machine!"