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Miami’s Battle of the Food Truck Chefs

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In an article last week, we gave you a tip about a food truck competition in Miami that was scheduled this past weekend.

The results are in. They were only given thirty minutes to prepare 2 dishes each, but the creations the two Miami top chefs presented for the annual Deering Estate, Wine on Harvest Moon, on Saturday night were the cuisine used to determine Miami’s Top Food Truck Chef.

Photo by Juan Cabrera - Emcees Brian Collaro from Whole Foods (far left) and Chef Sean Bernal pose with Chef Jeremiah, Executive Director of the Deering Estate Foundation Mary Pettit, and Chef Jack Garabedian.

The participants were Chef Jack Garabedian from Jefe’s Original Fish Taco & Burger and Chef Jeremiah from gastroPod. In The Battle of the Food Truck Chefs the chefs were provided a stocked pantry from Whole Foods. For the competition, the chefs were encouraged to stay away from ingredients such as tofu but to use more conventional proteins in their offerings. Much like Food Network’s Iron Chef, this event also included a secret ingredient. This year, the chefs were given prunes to incorporate into their dishes and were asked to suggest a Deering Estate Wine from Sonoma to pair with their creations.

Chef Jeremiah created a grilled pork tenderloin dish with prunes and umeboshi with crispy broccolini, which he paired with the Cabernet Sauvignon, and prunes stuffed with feta and wrapped with bacon on red leaf lettuce with an orange vinaigrette and raw radish. The latter was paired with a Zinfandel.

Chef Garabedian provided a seared tuna dish with a red curry and coconut milk sauce, enhanced with compound butter and prune essence, along with poblano peppers and potatoes with ginger. He suggested this dish would work best with the Zinfandel. The chefs second entry was a garlic-stuffed prune wrapped in bacon with duck, wasabi-poached grapes and chopped shallots to go with the Cabernet.

The judges Riki Altman (Food blogger/writer), Veronica Litton (Crown: Wine & Spirits), and Joe Canaves (General Manager of sponsor South BMW), were unanimous in their ruling and awarded Chef Jeremiah the crown. Mobile Cuisine Magazine tips our hat to Chef Jeremiah on his new title.

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