Thursday, February 10, 2011

Burrito Bowl Boston 2011

Poe's Kitchen at The Rattlesnake was the place to be last Saturday to kick off Superbowl weekend with the first Burrito Bowl Boston. The place was packed as the event, hosted by Chef Brian Poe, had been sold out for weeks. The game: top Boston Chefs would each select a rival football team and build around that a theme for new burrito creation to be tasted. Then, the audience and a panel of judges would vote to select the winner for the bragging rights and to be featured on Poe's Superbowl Game Day Menu. How could anyone go wrong?

The Cuervo shots were generous and refreshing.

Chef Brian Poe of Poe's Kitchen at The Rattlesnake, Judge Jenny Johnson, Chef Andy Husbands of Tremont 647 and Chef Jason Santos of Gargoyle's On The Square.

Chef Jason Hutchinson, co-founder of boloco.

The recipe for Chef Hutchinson's inspired burrito.

Alex Galimberti (l) and Jose Duarte (r) of Taranta share a chopping lesson and a laugh with Judge Jenny Johnson of NECN's TV DINER.

Chef Jose Duarte of Taranta, who, you may remember from some previous posts, has been experimenting with QR code technology at his restaurant, used a mini cattle brand to stamp is food with a QR code that, once scanned, took you to a website containing the ingredients and recipe for the dish. Amazing!

Chef Duarte served up a mean roasted suckling pig with Cuban rice and beans, sweet plantain and fresh cheese and fried yucca served with the QR code-branded tortilla and dubbed: El Mayamero for his twist on his Miami team theme.

Chef Poe served up chicken burritos with accompaniments such as guacamole and some seriously good crisped onions.

Chef Santos served up a pulled pork with blue cheese served of Frito's corn chips. Santos represented The Patriots.

Culinary Director Laura Henry-Zoubir (recent winner of Food Networks CHOPPED) of Church and Chef Jonathan Gileen.

The delicious fried cajun redfish plate served by Church, one of our favorite tastes.

The recipe at the Church table.

Chef Tiffani Faison of TOP CHEF ALL STARS stopped by to chat with Bianca Garcia of CONFESSIONS OF A CHOCOHOLIC and I about wrapping up the show recently.

Even Chef Jose's sucklin pigs were branded with the QR code!

Judges Dan McCarthy of UrbanDaddy, Jenny Johnson of TV Diner and Josh Wolovitch of The Boston Herald announce the winners. People's Choice was Jason Santos and Overall Winner was Jose Duarte. Congratulations all! Special thanks to Chef Brian Poe. Seriously, this was one of the most fun events we've been to this year.

Poe's Kitchen at The Rattlesnake
384 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
Telephone: 617.859.8555

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