Thursday, June 2, 2011
Top Chef Stops in NJ
May 26, 2011
Top Chef: The Tour Stops in Red Bank, NJ
The House of Castello was on the scene at this Top Chef: The Tour stop last week in Red Bank, New Jersey. This was just one of the 22 stops the Tour will be making this year. Facing off in a quick-fire challenge, we had Chef Kevin Sbraga and Chef Jen Carroll. Local fans were able to sign on to the Top Chef website to vote for the main ingredient in the cook-off — and this was the only stop that chose chicken! Classy, New Jersey! But the chefs pulled out all of the stops as they whipped up chicken thigh with a curry sauce (Kevin) and chicken breast with spring pea puree and balsamic reduction (Jen). Members of the local restaurant scene voted — and Jen was the winner! Though, it might have been due to the day’s hot temperature that her decidedly light and springy dish was the crowd favorite. After the cook-off, guests could sample Castello Soft Blue on water crackers — it’s the gentler, milder Blue that everyone loves, and it’s creamier and more spreadable on crackers. The chefs — and the crowds — agreed that the day was filled with great eats.