cadillac culinary challenge

June 30th, 2011

Last weekend, I had so much fun getting out of the city to judge the Cadillac Culinary Challenge!

Picture Padma Lakshmi, and then paste on some newly-blonde hair, and you basically have my afternoon.  Two amazing chefs created dishes based around a totally delicious ingredient (summer heirloom tomatoes) and I had the truly excellent job of judging which one was the winner!

Cadillac had the fun idea of pitting a national chef against a local chef for weekend cook-offs around various ingredients across the country (check out their website for future dates and locations), and I was so excited when they asked me to be a part of it!

On the day I judged, Chef Geoffrey Zakarian made an incredible summer tomato salad in a basil-seed vinaigrette with stracciatella, and Chef Cornelius Gallagher made a warm tomato salad in a pine nut pesto with freshly toasted croutons and Crescenza cheese.

Both were seriously incredible, as you can probably tell from the pictures!  It was almost impossible to pick a winner, and I can’t wait to recreate both of them at home.

Many thanks to Cadillac for hosting me for the day, and for this fun opportunity!

I’m wearing: Zara dress (last seen here), Michael Kors watch, gifted Guess heels.

Tags: food

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Katherine // Jun 30, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Not bad!  How cool that they asked you to be a judge!

  • 2 madison // Jun 30, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    those look SO delicious!  summer heirloom tomates are so yummy, i’m jealous!!!

  • 3 Susie // Jun 30, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Heirloom tomatoes are my favorite summer treat.  Both dishes look beautiful, and so does the stack sitting next to you in the first photo.  What a fun day.

  • 4 Pili // Jun 30, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Both dishes look amazing, but I think I’d be partial to the one with the pesto & pine nuts.

  • 5 tineey // Jun 30, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    OMG! Delish. Love the dress. Zara?

  • 6 katy // Jun 30, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    It is!  It’s a total favorite (and now it’s on sale, of course — after I bought it!)

    Pili — I was too!  That’s the one I picked as the winner! 🙂

  • 7 elle marie // Jun 30, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    I love that skirt, and there is Flay himself, I ate at his place not that long ago, and would go back again for sure.

  • 8 Closet Fashionista // Jun 30, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Oooh that sounds like so much fun! And you look great 😀

  • 9 Glamamom // Jun 30, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    What a fun experience and you look fabulous!

  • 10 The Blonde @ Stylish3 // Jul 6, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Cute dress!  Love the textured skirt.

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