I was super excited to attend this year’s Chefs Taste Challenge. I had a great time last year and was excited to see what the new competing chefs had to offer. Let me just say that everything was so good! The chefs fused together ingredients I never thought would mesh well. And the wine? Sigh. Bonterra, the official wine sponsor of the event, has become one of my favorites. For some reason, the the servers were very generous with their pours so, by the end of the night, it became a LITuation. Check it out:
Live painting by Pappion Artistry
From left to right: Gold Award winner Chef Eric Cook of The American Sector (NOLA), Silver Award winner Lee Anne Wong of KH Restaurants (Honolulu, HI), and Fan Favorite Chef Henry of Henry’s Louisiana Grill (Acworth, GA).
Let me just say that these photos aren’t the greatest representation of the actual presentation. Forgive me, but it’s kinda hard juggling a dish in one hand, a glass of wine in the other and a camera. And I can’t front, I was way more interesting in pleasing my palette than being precise with photos. My bad! Next time, I’ll be sure to have my photog handy. But until then, here’s an idea of what the food was like.
Even though my photos don’t do the food justice, it was tasty. My overall fave was Chef Lee Anne Wong’s Thai Style Fried Quail w/ Hearts of Palm and Mayhaw Chili Glaze. Anything with a good, Chili Glaze can win me over any day!