My friend Kristi invited me to be her guest at the finals of Chefs Under Fire, sponsored by The Keeper Collection, which occurred Monday night. I was too tired from my weekend fun to manage breakfast, and took my mother to lunch at Guero’s, where I had the fish tacos. I wasn’t expecting dinner, just snack food at the Chefs Under Fire event. Upon arrival at the AT&T Conference Center, we were treated to passed appetizers, from which I had the pork belly bite, the ahi tuna, and the waygu beef. All one bite appetizers prepared by Chef Josh Watkins, were phenomenal. Once ushered into the the ballroom for the big event, shared plates were provided, which included cheese from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, Pork Rillettes from Salt and Time, Ciabatta Bread from Amity Bakery, and preserves from Confituras. This was lots of my favorite foods on one plate, and it was awesome.
Once the chef judges, David Bull, Tyson Cole, and Kent Rathbun had been served each of the dishes prepared by the 3 final contestants, all incorporating red snapper, swiss chard, and sweet potato into their creations, we were served similar portions of each, which had been prepared by students at the Culinary School. It was a fun event, and at the end of the night, Chef Christina Lee was crowned the winner.