Sunday, June 24, 2012

Cooking the encroachers

One of the Miami chefs above - Brad Herron, chef de cuisine at Michael's Genuine (1st image); Timon Balloo, executive chef at Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill (2nd image); or Todd Erickson, executive chef at Haven (3rd image) - was crowned "Best Invasivore Chef" last night. With "invasivore" being one who eats invasive species and with the location being south Florida, on the menu were lion fish, snakehead fish, wild boar (subject of a 2010 post), and python (subject of a 2012 post). The event was held at Villa 221 and VIP tickets bought you a taste of all 9 "exotic tapas" featuring the locally abundant species and organic ingredients from South Florida farms. Chef Balloo reports, "We were all winners, but I was lucky enough to win best overall & best boar!" The proceeds benefited local sustainable agriculture and the environment through the Fertile Earth Foundation. “If the animals are considered a viable food source and people want them, then something good can come out of it,” said Chef Erickson. As the National Invasive Species Council suggests, "If you can't beat 'em, eat 'em!" (some recipes here).
Plenty of food in the Cabinet!

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