Houston’s 9th Annual Wine & Food Week, presented by H-E-B June 3-9, saw thousands of guests go stark raving rad at the state’s largest, most comprehensive epicurean extravaganza. The weeklong events included wine education classes, chef demonstrations, cookbook author events, silent auctions, and casual to fine wine-and-dine experiences.
The week’s most anticipated event, the Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase, presented by Capital One Bank, kicked off with the naming of Chef Michael Cordúa as the first inductee into the Wine & Food Week Chef Showcase Hall of Fame for his contribution to culinary excellence and innovation. The Woodlands Waterway Marriott hosted more than 2,000 food and wine lovers sampling delectable cuisine and hundreds of wines as chefs representing 55 restaurants competed for Wine & Food Week’s Waterford Crystal Chef of Chefs award. The competition was fierce and the no-holds-barred culinary creations were not to be missed.
Master Chef & CEO of Peli Peli, Paul Friedman, took top honors as the 2013 Waterford Crystal Chef of Chefs winning a $5,000 cash and prize package and the coveted Waterford Crystal Trophy. The winning dish was “Bobotie,” a traditional South African cuisine resembling an English cottage pie. First runner-up in the savory competition was claimed by Private Chef David Guerrero , the 2012 Chef of Chefs winner, with a Peruvian and Japanese inspired “Causita Cebichera Roll.” Executive Chef Randy Evans of HAVEN was second runner-up with his “Shrimp Beignet with Mint Marigold Tzaziki and Feta Creamed Spinach.”
To complete the evening, the epicurean experience culminated with the XFINITY Just Desserts contest, a confectionary competition to crown the night’s dessert extraordinaire. The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Pastry Chef Drew Casteel won the $1,000 prize and the Just Desserts title. The winning dessert: “Caramel Cremaux” with Smoked Raspberry.
Wine & Food Week events and auctions benefited the Signature Series Literacy efforts of The John Cooper School, and Swing for a Cure. Most of the events were held at venues in The Woodlands, with unique experiences throughout Houston. For more information, visit www.wineandfoodweek.com or call 713.557.5732