|Top Chefs hard at work - well, some of them!|
November 19, 2012
On the afternoon of Friday, November 16th, foodies and reality show addicts alike clamored into the Macy's School of Cooking at Macy's Home Store Mission Valley to watch former Top Chef participants duke it out while preparing a mouth-watering, wine paired, 4 course tasting menu for all in attendance. Sponsored by Alaskan Seafood, this San Diego Wine & Food Fest event consisted of four Top Chefs, each who had 20 minutes to teach us the techniques of their recipes, and quickly they did, as we all looked on with hungered anticipation and San Diego's Top Chef Brian Malarkey fielded questions in the audience.
|Chef Brian Malarkey fielding questions!|
Top Chef Allstar in the lineup (which he made known...several times), Mike Isabella, started off the battles with an olive oil poached cod atop a sweet and savory camponata. Isabella, often the class clown of his colleagues, detailed how appreciative he was for his Top Chef stardom. His cod was flaky and moist and was complemented by the caponata, which had many layered flavors due to the multifarious ingredients: raisins, peppers, pine nuts, eggplant, zucchini, squash, red onion, capers, curry powder, and balsamic vinegar.
I would highly recommend this class for future San Diego Wine & Food Fest incarnations, and I can't wait to see what is done next!
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