Food Fight {2}

Ilene and I missed the inaugural food fight this past November, so we were excited to make it to the second (of no doubt many more to come) hosted by Mike Florea and Leigh Enderle of Maribelle’s eat + drink.
If you missed Ilene’s full Food Fight article for City Beat, you can read it right {here.}
I had every intention of watching and enjoying the evening & only taking a few phone shots here and there. I should know myself better than that. So, into the mix I jumped, iphone in hand and wishing I had brought my big girl camera.
Here’s a little of what we saw Monday night. ~Gina

written by Ilene Ross
photographed by Gina Weathersby

It was standing room only as Chef Mike Florea introduced the competitors for the second Food Fight. Reigning champ Josh Campbell, Roland Eliason, and Drew Fisher took their places behind the line and began to create dishes based on their mystery basket of crawfish, chuck-eye steak, British fruit cake, Chinese bitter melon, special crab chips, and fresh sumac. Fisher-line cook at Metropole-walked away with the win and headed to round 2.

Round 2 had Aaron Drahmann, Matthew Buschle, and Dana Scott Adkins tackling their basket of extra soft tofu, dried mango, white Zinfandel, hybrid striped bass, frog legs, and apple butter, with Buschle-Chef at Virgil’s Café- coming out on top.

Final round-Buschle and Fisher went head to head over boar rack, chorizo, bamboo worms melba sauce, Kabocha squash, and vegan Monterey Jack cheese, with Fisher taking the final prize, a custom trophy created by Chris Weist of Cincy Sharp.



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