Yesterday when I was walking to the train to go home I noticed a tent being set up across from the train station with a large orange sign on it that read "Top Chef The Tour ." This looked interesting but I needed to get home so I didn't think much more about it.
This morning I was walking into work from the train and the tent was still there. This called for an investigation.
I did a search and found out about the Top Chef Tour and it would be held three times today and one of them fit into my lunch hour. I would make this happen. As I searched around for more information I saw that you needed to preregister and it was a free event. Unfortunately registration was full but they said to show up anyway. I did. I put my name on the list and got to go into the tent to watch two Top Chefs cook it out.
Nikki made a pork tenderloin with a mango and avocado salsa. The salsa had bacon in it also and the pork was flavored with thai spices and garnished with peanuts. It was a great dish. All the flavors married well together. I'm not a mango or avocado fan but I ate all the salsa.
Hector made a pork cutlet that he marinated in a juice and vinegar as a homage to BBQ pork. It had the underlying flavor of a good Eastern Carolina BBQ sauce but not over powering. Served it over a grit cake with a cucumber and radish pickled salad. All the flavors worked well together and played with some of the South's specialties.
|The dishes. Nikki's is on the top, Hector's on the bottom.|
|Luca Annunziata, Hector Santiago, Nikki Cascone, Heidi Billotto, and the Mez chef.|
It was a fun event and interesting to hear about the show uncensored. If the tour is in your city try to check it out, its worth it.
(If I have any of the names wrong, please forgive me and let me know I will correct them.)