Who won the chef battle at Palm Beach Food & Wine fest finale?

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Some of South Florida’s best restaurants put forth stellar dishes at the Grand Tasting of the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival. Coolinary Cafe’s bacon rillete and Meat Market’s prime rib bite were among the favorites at the Biergarten section of the festival, held at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens. (Carlos Frías/The Palm Beach Post)

 

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.

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This Palm Beach chef is getting into a knife fight — on television

KNIFE FIGHT sEAN BRASELOne 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

More info: MeatMarketPalmBeach.com, 561-354-9800

Popular Cuban restaurant in West Palm Beach offers deals and freebies all week

Dina Rubio, owner of Don Ramon Cuban restaurant on Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach. (Damon Higgins/ The Palm Beach Post)
Dina Rubio, owner of Don Ramon restaurant on Dixie Highway. (Damon Higgins/ The Palm Beach Post)

Don Ramon, the Dixie Highway Cuban restaurant, has been celebrating its 25th year all week with a hot batch of specials.

To mark the big anniversary, the restaurant is serving up these freebees and deals:

On Tuesday, there’s complimentary flan. On Wednesday, enjoy free calamari bites. On Thursday, there’s a Cuban-style jam session with open mic, and mango rum tastings.

Friday is Family Night, when children 12 and younger eat free from the kids menu. On Saturday, there will be live music, dancers and mojito shots.

Don Ramon: 7101 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561-547-8704; DonRamonRestaurant.com

TWITTER: @LizBalmaseda