SoBeWFF: The Best of Best of The Best 2013

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All photos by Laine Doss
Alex Guarnaschelli's homemade bacon was one of the best of the Best of the Best.
If you felt slightly overwhelmed walking into last evening's Best of The Best at the Fontainebleau Hotel, you weren't alone.

After receiving your complimentary Riedel glass, you were accosted by nearly 50 of the world's best chefs serving the most decadent dishes you could wrap your head and your lips around.

Of course, there must be wine to go with the food. And that wine must be of high quality. So about 80 of the best vineyards around the globe were invited to pour their very best vintages.

With all that food and drink, how could you possibly navigate the event?

For starters, latecomers would have been disappointed by both restaurants and wineries running out of plates, wine, and food. The first to go? Champagne, which poured freely for the first hour, was scarce toward the middle of the evening and some chefs, like Catch's Hung Huynh, running out of his own offerings, left to find a snack elsewhere -- like at Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak table where the chef and restaurateur was hand shaving black truffles over steak "croutons" in plastic cups (Mina had run out of plates and improvised by making truffle "cocktails").

Not that anyone seemed to care because with so many fine restaurants represented, one could always make due with aged certified Angus from Red the Steakhouse or homemade bacon hand seared by Alex Guarnaschelli.

Here are our picks for the best of Best of the Best:

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Best Successful Gimmick
Cotton candy with cobia sashimi served with compressed watermelon and sake sour -- served on a popsicle stick. (Joe's Stone Crab, Miami Beach)

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Best Use of Luxury Ingredients
Michael Mina shaved generous amounts of black truffle onto his Certified Angus short rib croutons with celery root. (Bourbon Steak, Miami)

Location Info


Fontainebleau Miami Beach

4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: General

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