Better for the 2015 Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival to go out in a blaze of glorious grilling.
The four-day festival capped its final event, the Grand Tasting at The Gardens Mall — outgrowing the island for the first time in its 9-year history — with an ultimate chefs battle.
Chefs from Cafe Boulud, EmKo Palm Beach and Buccan tested their skills with Creekstone Farms organic Angus beef and Duroc pork in 30 minutes. And they knew they were cooking for discerning palates, with judges that included celebrity chefs Marc Murphy and Robert Irvine.
In the end, EmKo’s Nick Martinkovic won the crown and $10,000 for his charity, No Kid Hungry, with his grilled skirt steak, pork jowel, broccoli stem and cured egg yolk. He edged out Café Boulud’s Jimmy Strine and Buccan’s Taylor Balderson.
One of Palm Beach’s biggest names in food is getting into a knife fight — and you can watch.
Sean Brasel, chef-owner of the Meat Market restaurants in Palm Beach and South Beach, is competing on the Esquire Network television cooking show, “Knife Fight.” The episode will air Nov. 17 at 9 p.m., and the Palm Beach restaurant will host a watch party, with free bar bites and happy hour specials.
Brasel’s Meat Market immediately became one of the best restaurants in Palm Beach County when it opened earlier this year, earning food editor Liz Balmaseda’s top marks for food and service.
“The steaks are stellar, the service sensational, the ambiance downright sexy,” she wrote.
This is the second cooking show Brasel has been involved in. He is a past contestant on the Food Network’s “Chopped,” Season 12.
IF YOU GO
What: Meat Market Palm Beach will host a watch party with free bar bites and happy hour specials as chef-owner Sean Brasel competes in the Esquire Network television show “Knife Fight.”
When: The one-hour show airs Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Where: Meat Market Palm Beach, 191 Bradley Place, Palm Beach