PUBLIX JERK COOK-OFF PAVILION
Chefs of all distinction are afforded an opportunity to put their culinary skills to the test and win cash, bragging rights and the coveted Dutch Pot Trophy in the Publix Jerk Cook-off. The Champion Chef will be selected by a panel of distinguished judges and announced on the main stage.This
is a serious contest where anyone can win and be declared the festival’s Jerk Champion. Contest rules and application forms are available here.
Register for the Jerk Cooking Class at Publix Apron's Cooking School in Plantation.
Come enjoy the complex flavors from one of the “Coolest Islands” in the Caribbean. In this class you will learn some of the basics of Jamaican jerk cooking with renowned chef, Chef Irie. This class will be a night of fun food, great people, and the classic Caribbean culture.
Jerk Grilled Shrimp with Mango Coulis; Grilled Jerk Chicken Thighs with Honey Curried Yogurt; Jerk Pulled Pork with Pineapple Pigeon Peas; Grilled Pineapple with Rum Glaze and Jerk Banana Ice Cream.
Watch Top Chefs create tasty dishes and share cooking secrets which you can try at home. These culinary experts will amaze you as they whip up yummy delicacies and quick dishes for sampling.
Chef Ramesh Kaduru - Executive Chef, Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove.
Chef Ramesh Kaduru has a distinguished career with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company which began in 2002 at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. Over the years he has honed his craft holding various positions such as Garde Manger, Sous Chef, Banquet Sous Chef at various locations, allowing him to provide his expertise and personalized service with large catering events. Chef Ramesh’s talents were recognized by The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, when he received the distinguished Leader of the Year Award in 2009. Chef Ramesh is currently at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami as the executive chef, melting Mediterranean inspired ingredients with fresh local seafood to Lazuli Lounge and Bizcaya, the hotel’s dining destinations.
MEET 2012 Publix Jerk Cook-off Champion. In the fiery Publix Jerk Cook-Off, Chef Lawrence Males jerked his way to the top in a field of five competitors, walking away with the coveted Golden Dutch Pot and the $1,500 cash prize.
Chef Lawrence was a prestigious judge at the 10th annual Jerk Festival last year but entered the competition in 2012 as a chef participant. He knew the competition would be strong but was confident he had what it took to take the coveted Publix Jerk Cook-Off title. With family from Jamaica and Cuban descent Chef Lawrence played off his Caribbean roots and over 14 years experience mastering cooking techniques incorporating a myriad of Caribbean products. The chef says “I am blessed to have grown up in a vibrant diverse New York (Queens) community and tasting great home cooked West Indian foods which instilled in me a proper appreciation for flavorful foods”. Chef tries his best to be a culinary Caribbean ambassador to people who’ve never had the pleasure of tasting island flavor!
Celebrity Chef Quick-Fire Challenge Winner
CHEF GASON YEN NELSON -
With over 20 years in the culinary industry, Chef Gason is one of the culinary scenes most sought after personal chefs. A graduate of Delgado Culinary School, where he was a standout student and won the prestigious James Beard scholarship award for two consecutive years, Gaston has enjoyed cooking in some of New Orleans’ most renowned restaurants as well as being a private chef to world class athletes and entertainers.Through his company, Full of Flavor Personal Chef Service, Chef Gaston has worked as a personal chef for Aaron Brooks (former quarter back for the New Orleans Saints and Stacey Augman (former guard for the New Orleans Hornets). He is currently working between Miami and New Orleans for Reggie Bush (former running back for the New Orleans Saints and currently with the Miami Dolphins), and actor and former wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Chef Gaston is also the executive chef at Rare Cuts Gourmet Meat Market in New Orleans, which flips into a pop up private dining restaurant after 7 pm. He is the southern spokesperson for “Sizzlin Sauces” hot sauce products and was the main attraction in the food pavilion at the 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. He made a fall 2012 appearance on the Food Network show “Chopped” and recently had the opportunity to cook for one of President Barack Obama’s most recent fundraisers held in Miami, Florida. Although his culinary skills are far reaching, he specializes in intimate fine dining with Creole gourmet flair.
Get tips on how to create many tasty Jerk dishes using Grace products from Chef Mazie Miller, host of Cooking With Grace. A number of top chefs will be on hand to demonstrate their culinary skills with finger-licking creations. Sample these tasty bites and take home some Grace products to try in your kitchen.
Jerk Cook-off application
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