Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Cadillac Culinary Challenge

Greetings, CT Readers.

I want to tell you about a great event coming your way!  The Cadillac Culinary Challenge is a series of events throughout the country over the next few weeks, featuring a lively competition between two well-known chefs (think "Iron Chef" local).

In addition to this exciting culinary event, there will also be an opportunity to test drive the latest Cadillac models and compare their performance to its challengers from BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes.  

The series is sponsored by Cadillac, Bon Appetit, Epicurious, and Share our Strength.

The Cook's Tour has been invited to participate as a judge for the Culinary Challenge in the next event, this weekend in Bridgewater, NJ. Jonathan Waxman, chef/owner of Barbuto in NYC vs Juan Cuevas of the Pluckemin Inn in Bedminster, NJ.  

You may know that Chef Waxman is the celebrated chef who worked at the prestigious Chez Panisse in Berkeley in its early years. He then went on to open Jams in NYC, and now focuses his attention on serious rustic Italian at the well-reviewed Barbuto.

Chef Cuevas has worked all over the world and at some of the top restaurants in the US, from Jardiniere and the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco, to Lespinasse in New York. Prior to his current position, he was Executive Chef at three-star Blue Hill in Manhattan.

It promises to be quite the culinary battle!

The event is free and makes for a perfect day combining the finest of cuisines and the best of cars. Test drive the vehicles and then take a break to enjoy some great food. Check the web site for a city near you and register to participate.  

If you are in New Jersey, stop by on either June 4 or 5 (I'll be there on Saturday, June 4th).  The culinary demonstrations take place at 11:30am, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm. Hope to see you there and may the best chef win!

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