Chef Tim Love combined elk meat with foie gras to make a patty that was incredibly juicy and unlike any of the other burgers at the event. For a nice balance of bittersweet flavors to contrast the rich meat mixture, it was topped with arugula and huckleberry jam.
It was definitely one of my top burgers, and I was surprised because I'd never had elk before! How about you?
To take a look at more fun photos from the weekend, browse my gallery after the break.
At the first ever Food and Wine and Rum festival in Barbados, celebrity chefs Tim Love, Tom Colicchio, Ming Tsai, Fergus Henderson, and Rob Feenie came together with some of the island's top culinary talent to provide a weekend of memorable eats. From beef brisket to fried fish with pepper sauce, no culinary delight was overlooked. Find a glimpse of the delicious food here.
Finally, Love shared some exciting news: this May he'll be starring in a brand-new show on the Food Network. Although he couldn't reveal specific details, the competition series will be called Best in Smoke and was recently filmed in, ironically, New York City. Love will participate as a judge. Are you a fan of the manly Love? Will you watch his show?
In what may be the world's first pairing of chuck wagons and ceviche, the Top Chef gang went camping this week. In 100-plus degree heat on a dusty dude ranch, the chefs prepared meals over fire pits for a group of hungry ranchers. It looked simultaneously horrible and highly entertaining.
Who do you think looked most home on the range? Let's talk about it when you read more
After falling in love with his Texas accent and cowboyish ways on the first episode of Top Chef Masters, I was more than happy to RSVP to a special luncheon hosted by chef Tim Love at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. Love spent the entire night before the lunch slow-roasting three whole animals — goat, lamb, and venison — over a mesquite wood grill. He applied a different technique and application to each one.
Love filled the lamb with mirepoix and wrapped the venison in bacon. He made a trio of dishes that paired with Belgium beers. Marc Stroobandt, a master beer sommelier, was on hand to teach guests how to properly pour the brews — creating a nice heady foam is a must! Love's trio included a goat crepinette with braised lentils, lamb tacos with Texas salsas, and venison sliders with a aioli. To take a better look at the lunch, read more
Last month, news broke that Kelly Choi would host the upcoming Top Chef spinoff, Top Chef: Masters. In a statement released this morning, Bravo has confirmed this as fact and also revealed the star lineup of judges for the new show.
Joining Choi on the judging panel will be former New York magazine restaurant critic Gael Greene, British food critic Jay Rayner, and Saveur editor-in-chief James Oseland. The culinary competition will follow the format of the original Top Chef series, but its contestants will be award-winning, widely known chefs, competing head to head for the title of Top Chef Master. As for the cheftestant lineup, The Feedbag has reported rumors of participating chefs.
Many have appeared on Top Chef as judges: Wylie Dufresne of WD-50, Scott Conant of Scarpetta, celebrity chef Todd English, and Michelle Bernstein of Michy's. Other possible competitors include seafood czar Rick Moonen, Hawaiian cuisine titan Roy Yamaguchi, Chris Lee of Aureole, Florida vet Norm Van Aken, Texas chef Tim Love, and possibly even Tom himself.
I'm getting excited about the lineup of both the judges and the rumored cheftestants. Do you feel the same way? Which chefs would you love to see on the show?
When selecting a dessert recipe for a housewarming, choose a dish that can be eaten on the go without any utensils. Cookies and cupcakes are delicious, but empanadas keep up with the tapas-themed menu. These tasty, small pastries are filled with berries and goat cheese. If you don't have the time or expertise to make dough, simply use premade refrigerated pie crust.
To learn how they are made, read more