Saturday, February 17, 2024

Local finalists in national English muffin competition

Two chefs have had their recipes chosen to represent Palm Beach County and Miami-Dade County in a national competition for… English muffins?

Sure enough, Thomas’ English Muffins (created in 1880) is sponsoring the Hometown Breakfast Battle in honor of its 135th anniversary. Just 135 chefs have been picked to duke it out using either the muffins or the bagels, and you get to vote for the winner.

Who knew these little, round, crispy blasts of flavor could spark such intriguing recipes: the Boca Benedict and the Pulled Pork Benedict.

Executive Chef Patrick Broadhead, from Max’s Grille (404 Plaza Real, 561/368-0080), is representing Palm Beach County with his locally inspired recipe—the Boca benedict. It includes smoked salmon, applewood bacon and spicy avocado, among other ingredients.

According to his entry, Broadhead is “overseeing the menu for all of the Max Group of restaurants. His vision is one of ever-changing, exciting dishes, which reflect the freshest flavors of the seasons. He is personally passionate about Mexican, Latin-American and especially the rustic, simple peasant food from the streets of Brazil.”

Chef Daniel Serfer, of Blue Collar Restaurant (6730 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305/756-0366), created a pulled pork benedict, which includes garlic, smoked paprika, BBQ sauce and other intriguing elements.

Serfer owns two Miami restaurants, Blue Collar and Mignonette. “Drawing on the success of Blue Collar, Mignonette provides an approachable, fun environment where patrons can enjoy a dozen oysters, classic seafood preparations like Oysters Rockefeller and Clams Casino, and an awesome prime rib,” his entry says. “Serfer is excited to bring a unique oyster bar experience to the guests who have made Blue Collar so popular.”

Starting Sept. 14, fans will have two weeks to vote online to choose who goes into the next round of top 16 chefs. Recipes are on the web site for all entrants.

About the Author

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.

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