This local cook-off was part of GrowFest!, a festival that takes place annually and encourages and teaches people to grow some of their own produce.
Samantha Narvaez – Pastel and Guayaba Bakery
Sean Brasel– Executive Chef, Meat Market
Michael Reidt , Chef and Consultant, Pilgrim
Simon Stojanovik, Swank Farms
Pablo Zitzmann, Chef de Cuisine- Trust and Company
Galena Mosovich – Miami Herald and Ocean Drive
Sarah Liss – Writer/Saffron Supper Club
Eleanor Hoh – Wok Star cooking teacher, Blogger
A mystery box of locally grown seasonal food
A limited pantry with locally grown ingredients
3 ingredients of their choosing
The winning dish was Grouper Cheeks with Freekeh Salad by Chef Michael Reidt!
GrowFest! is about connecting the dots between the farm or garden and the dinner table. It’s about providing the knowledge and materials to grow, forage, buy, prepare, and eat good, local, seasonal food. Engaging the public, encouraging and giving them the tools to grow some of their own will enable them to gain a better appreciation of what it takes for farmers to produce the food we all eat, and whet folks’ appetites for the best, healthiest, and freshest produce. Excerpt from the website
I am putting this event on my calendar for next year for sure.