South Beach Wine and Food Festival brings some of the best and brightest culinary talent from around the country.
From Top Chef contestants like Stephanie Izard and Fabio Viviani to celebrities like Anthony Bourdain and Giada De Laurentiis to restaurant legends, such as Danny Meyers and Rick Bayless, the creme de la creme of the culinary world descended upon South Florida this past weekend.
While the festival offered guests tons of events to chose from, one is known for top chefs pulling out all the stops to impress; the Best of the Best.
Among more than fifty chefs, a handful of Broward and Palm Beach county chefs brought their A-game to one of the festivals most elite events.
More than 65 winemakers from around the world poured top rated wines while more than 50 chefs from South Florida and the rest of the country served signature dishes.
Clay Conley chef/partner of Buccan and Imoto, Jason Smith of Steak 954, Angelo Elia of Casa D'Angelo, Andres Avayu of Piccolo Ristorante, and Peter Vauthy of Red, the Steakhouse in Boca Raton and Miami Beach were among the Broward and Palm Beach participants.
Other noteworthy out of town participants included Top Chef Stephanie Izard of the Girl and the Goat, Little Goat, and the Flavor in Chicago; Terrance Brennan from Picholine in New York; Ethan Stowell of Ethan Stowell Restaurants in Seattle, Washington; and Alon Shaya of Domenica in New Orleans.
For the $350 ticket price chefs were going full force with indulgent ingredients. Shaved black truffles were abundant; caviar was heavily placed on top of dishes; lobster came in every form imaginable.
It was all topped off with a buffet of handmade chocolates and flavored marshmallows at the end of the night.
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