MAST Academy Wins High School Culinary Cook-Off
|Host Simone Diament and judge Philippe Ruiz|
Simone Zarmati Diament (editor/publisher South Florida Gourmet, Food & Wine Talk radio host on WSFG) was master of ceremonies, so to speak, and performed wonderfully at a difficult task -- keeping the crowd involved while narrating the proceedings on stage for an hour. That's how long the three students from each school had to prepare an appetizer, entree, and side dish to be chosen from an array of proteins and other ingredients provided.
Chefs Philippe Ruiz and Victor Passalacqua judged the event. Ruiz, the long time Palme d'Or chef, told us that his next venture will be located at 600 Brickell Avenue, will open "around September," and will be called Restaurant Du Cap.
|Mast Academy students, Mayor Regalado, and Philippe Ruiz|
Afterward, Victor rushed upstairs to another Blazing Kitchen event, his son Alexandre's Cooking For Kids demo, at which plates of macaroni-and-cheese were handed out to all.
|Braddock Senior High students also did themselves proud (Passalacqua is at left).|