Friday, May 24, 2024

Chef vs. Chef and a Wine Tasting Class

Lerman heats things up in Chef vs. Chef contest 

Ever wonder what chefs are up against in local competitions when they are given “surprise” ingredients and asked to whip up an entire meal? We have the answer for you, from West Palm’s Chef/Co-Owner Jordan Lerman of Jardin, when he met and won a cook-off against Chef Anthony Fiorini, of Boca’s 13 American Table, last week. Now he heads into the semi-finals round. Here’s what he created.

The ingredients given to Jordan were beef heart, burdock root and smoked olive oil. Jordan made five dishes in the hour timeslot. They were:

1. As a first course, a beef heart carpaccio with burnt onion crème fraiche, pickled cherries, burdock root chips and smoked olive oil, with mustard frills

2. Beef heart anticucho with a aji amarillo vinaigrette (made with smoked olive oil), soft boiled egg and shoe-string burdock root

3. A smoked olive oil poached red fish with a burdock root puree, wilted Brussel sprout leaves and a warm citrus vinaigrette

4. Whipped ricotta cheese, with grapes, smoked olive oil and grilled bread

5. Smoked olive oil panna cotta, with a smoked olive oil crumble and honey sumac drizzle.

He did that in an hour—and I think it’s a big deal when I include a salad with my homemade dinners. Up next, on Aug. 24 at Max’s Harvest, we’ll see Adam Brown of The Cooper facing off against Eric Grutka of Ian’s Tropical Grill. There’s a $5 cover charge to watch the competition, with all proceeds going to the Milagro Center.  There are a few more weeks, and then the championship will be Sept. 28, also at Max’s Harvest (169 NE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach, 561/381-9970).


Meet winemaker from Goldschmidt Vineyards at tasting class

As always, a fun way to taste wines and learn about their origins is to attend one of the wine classes at Virginia Philips Academy (101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561/721-6000). The class on Aug. 24 will introduce you to Nick Goldschmidt, of Goldschmidt Vineyards in California. He will be on hand to talk about his wines that are now available in Florida. Reservations are required, and the cost is $35. The class runs from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. There are more classes are planned. Click here for more info.


About Lynn

Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.

Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls.

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