Monday, February 6, 2012

Chef Poe's Burrito Bowl II

Sometimes it's best to go to a place where everyone is a winner. Before there is the Super Bowl there is the Burrito Bowl, a friendly competition between popular Boston Chefs to see who can create the winning burrito recipe for the coveted Purple Piñata prize and a full year of bragging rights. This is the second year of the event, hosted by Chef Brian Poe of Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake, so I guess it's officially become a TBF Super Bowl tradition and one which we totally hope continues!

Our friend Jenny Johnson of TV Diner (we never, ever miss an episode) was there to serve on the judging panel. All attendees submit a ballot for their favorite dish for The People's Choice Winner and Judges select the final Burrito Champion.

Chef Jason Hutchinson of Boloco was there and we were very happy to see him sporting his I LOVE FUTURE CHEFS jacket.

Of course, one has to start off a burrito competition with a Boloco burrito.

Chef José Duarte of Taranta and his team called in their "hair people" to help them pay tribute to Steeler's Troy Polamalu, a native of Samoa. This is what helps make the event such a fun and friendly competition. Very creative José!

Chef José, last year's Burrito Champion, created an exotic plate of tamarind/pineapple pork, yucca root, taro and malenga, which I'd never had before. An adventurous Samoan tribute.

Chef Brian Poe displayed his usual fun approach to food with a coffee bean marinated steak with Velveeta cheese. Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake has hosted the event for two years now.

Chef Jon Gilman of Church offered us up this taste of barbecue pork with habanero-jalapeno hellfire hot sauce with that gorgeous green tortilla chip. Definitely the most colorful dish ... and the hottest! Nice.

Chef Andy Husbands of Tremont 647 was all fired-up for the pork. Don't miss out on their Taco Tuesdays, one of the most popular weeknight food events in Boston's South End. Two dollar tacos!

Chef Andy's burrito featured a side taste of this spicy shrimp and salsa roja.

Our vote went to Chef Erwin Ramos of Olé Restaurant Group for his flavorful, complex mix of amazing tastes featuring grilled, roasted pork, fried plantains, and black beans.

Judging panel with the winners: People's Choice Winner Chef Brian Roche of Lolita and the new Burrito Bowl Champion Chef Andy Husbands of Tremont 647, who took home the trophy Purple Piñata. Congratulations all for a really fun afternoon.

Thanks to Dean Igoe for helping with this event post.

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