Cosentino City Miami Partners with Gourmet & Chic for the 2018 Truffle Tapa Awards
December 21, 2018
COSENTINO GROUP PARTNERS WITH GOURMET & CHIC TO HOST 2018 TRUFFLE TAPA AWARDS
Cosentinoand Gourmet & Chic, a purveyor of the world’s finest truffles, hosted the 2018 Truffle Tapa Awards (TTA) on December 20, 2018, at Cosentino Miami City Center. TTA is a culinary competition where Miami’s most celebrated chefs compete to create the best truffle tapa made with fresh Spanish truffle and Gourmet & Chic truffle products. A tribute to the Spanish winter truffle, the festive afternoon unites the very best of food, design, and Spanish culture.
This event was organized by Jose Manuel Pardo, CEO of Gourmet & Chic, Agro Consultant & Truffles Atelier. As a prelude to the event, Gourmet & Chic presented as a world first, the ANM natural technology that extends the life of the truffle by 2+ weeks. Attendees were able to purchase the best fresh + economic truffle.
TTA contestants received 60 g of fresh Spanish winter truffle, 50 ml of natural truffle oil, 1/3 lb of truffle butter and 1/2 lb of Mozzarella truffle 3 months maturation. With this, the 12 chefs had to prepare 5 different tapas where truffle was the protagonist. The tapas were then evaluated anonymously by a specialized jury composed by chefs and gastronomic critics. The jury included Tom Valentin, president of the Miami Chefs Association, Martine Lessault, founder, owner and president of Gastronomicom Miami, and James Tahhan Telemundo, Telemundo TV chef, restaurateur and author.
Chef Luis Roger of BCN Taste & Tradition Houston took home the first place prize: a four day trip around Spanish Truffle, which includes hunting truffles in the countryside with trained dogs, visiting truffle research centers, and enjoying meals made with truffles by Michelin chefs. All other participants received a batch of fresh truffles and Gourmet & Chic truffle products.
Participating chefs included: Carlos Garcia, Obra Kitchen Table; Eliot Gonzalez, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar; Santiago Gomez, Cantina La Veinte; Raimundo Rincon, 3R Catering; Sylvain Marrari, La Centrale; Saverio Malesardi, Sapore Di Mare; Efrain Landa, KAE Sushi; Miguel Angel Rebolledo, Barton G.; Angel Gonzalez, Hotel Paradisus Rio de Oro- Cuba; Tomás Cuadrado, Pairings by Tomás Cuadrado; Luis Roger, BCN Taste & Tradition- Houston; Michael Buttacavoli, Cena- Tampa.