Iron Fork: Food, Cocktails, and Two Incredible Battles (Photos)

Categories: Iron Fork
ironforkcover.jpg
All photos by Laine Doss
Robyn Almodovar and Alfredo Montero are friendly competitors.
Thousands of hungry and thirsty people converged upon Grand Central Miami last evening to eat, drink and be merry at New Times' fifth annual Iron Fork.  Over three dozen of Miami's hottest restaurants served up some fine eats while a host of open bars attended to the liquid needs of party goers with cool refreshing beverages.


Phillip Bryant on Getting Ready for Battle 


As the sun set on the indoor/outdoor event, the evening started to heat up with two fierce Iron Fork competitions, hosted by chef Allen Susser.

Both events were judged by a trio of formidable and experienced chefs -- Michael Gilligan, executive chef at the Rusty Pelican; Sean Brasel, executive chef at Meat Market; and Janna Wardle, pastry chef at BLT Steak, who were tasked with the job of eating and critiquing the chefs' dishes.

Each chef had 30 minutes to make five servings each of three different dishes. Chefs were provided with a decked out kitchen space, an extensive pantry from which they could use any item, and a mystery ingredient that must be used in each dish. For the Iron Fork chefs, the mystery ingredient was bacon. The food truckers were assigned butter.  

ironforkdannywins.jpg
The competition was fast and furious, with each chef completing some pretty decadent dishes in the short time allotted. After careful deliberation, winners were chosen.

Daniel Serfer of Blue Collar won the Iron Fork 2012 title, beating out Yardbird Southern Table & Bar's Phillip Bryant. His secret (besides lots of bacon)? Plenty of heat in the fire roasted stuffed peppers.

ironforkwinners.jpg
Palate Party chef/owner Robyn Almodovar took the food truck win from Mr. Good Stuff chef/owner Alfredo Montero. The chefs were tasked with making three different sliders for the judges, and Amodovar's upscale "open faced" sliders (and liberal use of butter) tipped the scales in her favor.


ironforkbradleykilgore.jpg
Bradley Kilgore, new partner at both Route 9 and Exit 1, dishes out indulgent foie gras wraps.


ironforkaarontaylorSTK.jpg
STK Miami's Aaron Taylor presents braised beef cheeks on a bed of horseradish mashed potatoes.

ironforkchefzeecarlos.jpg
Chef Ze Carlos Jimenez of The MexZican Gourmet, serves pork and shrimp tacos, along with an array of housemade salsas.

ironfork alfredovanessa.jpg
Mr. Good Stuff's Alfredo Montero and wife Vanessa prepare for battle with a few cocktails.

ironforkanglerschefcarlostorres.jpg
Chef Carlos Torres of 660 at The Angler's Resort makes a refreshing scallop ceviche.

ironforklatinhouse.jpg
The entire Latin House Grill team strike a pose.

ironforkdannyserfer.jpg
Blue Collar's Danny Serfer and sous chef Eric Serebrenik have a little outdoor strategy session before the competition.

ironforkmichaelgilligan.jpg
Rusty Pelican's Michael Gilligan grabs a Guinness Black before heading to the judges' table.

ironforkstevehaas.jpg
You can't fight City Hall's spicy shrimp and grits -- especially when Steven Haas is dishing it out.

ironforkrobynfazia.jpg
Robyn Almodovar and wife Faiza serve truffle mac 'n cheese and crab cakes to the crowd.

ironforkswine.jpg
VIP'ers got a sneak peek of Swine Southern Table & Bar's fare.

ironforkwhisk.jpg
Whisk Gourmet executive chef Brendan Connor's fritters from the restaurant's popular shrimp and grits dish.

ironforkwillcallmarkgrigsby.jpg
Will Call's Mark Grigsby presents us with a roast beef slider.

Follow Laine Doss on Twitter @LaineDoss and Facebook.

Follow Short Order on Facebook and Twitter @Short_Order.

Location Info

Map

Grand Central

697 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

Rusty Pelican

3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL

Category: Restaurant

Meat Market

915 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

BLT Steak

1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Blue Collar

6730 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

STK Miami

2377 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

The MexZican Gourmet

5904 S. Dixie Highway, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

660 at The Angler's

660 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant


Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help
8 comments
Mr_NE_Heights
Mr_NE_Heights

@ChefRobynHK Congratulations Robin on the Food Truck win!!

Joshg333
Joshg333

@BillyCorben Is your sandwich the reason they won? ;)

Fatties
Fatties

Butter and Bacon?   Could there be bigger softball ingredients?!

Kim204
Kim204

How disappointing was this event????  There was no “comfortable seating” as advertised for VIP admission.  It was standing room only.  Super

uncomfortable juggling food and drinks in high heels‼   And what was that rank smell emitting from the second floor????

Thumby
Thumby

Had a Great time, awesome food,  Thanks Clean Plate Charlie for chance to attend!!!

BillyCorben
BillyCorben

@Joshg333 Haha nope. Secret ingredient was bacon not brisket. You can check it with one of yer nudie scanners. Or not: http://t.co/CuGgEOBX

Joshg333
Joshg333

@BillyCorben I think I'll Opt Out lol. Im at MIA now, we have those new machines.

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Loading...