We surveyed some of South Florida's hottest chefs involved with Taste of the Nation to get their take on the culinary scene.
Lindsay Autry (Co-Chair)
Chef/Consultant, Lindsay Autry Inc.
Residence: West Palm Beach
Your biggest kitchen disaster: I was cooking at Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival and about twenty vultures descended on my station and stole all of the pork ribs that I was cooking.
Best part about being a chef: The ability to learn something new everyday.
Every chef has a vice. What’s yours: TJ Maxx.
One thing we should know about you: I am a horrible singer.
Summer travel plans: Ocracoke Island in the Outer Banks with my family.
If you could fly anywhere for the day, where would you go: Mexico (or anywhere) for a good taco.
Why you’re participating in Taste of the Nation Palm Beach: I have been involved with Share Our Strength for five years and believe strongly in their mission. It is a tangible goal that can be achieved with enough awareness and chefs can truly make a difference and give back to their community.
Your dish: Chicken Confit & Seminole Rice “Salad”.
Photo by Alissa Dragun
Residence: Delray Beach
Your biggest kitchen disaster: Cooking dinner for Mr. Marriott. 20 minutes before service, the rack with all the prep flipped over and hit the ground.
Most underrated item in the kitchen: Dry hand towel.
Most overrated dining trends or foods: Flat breads, in general.
If you weren’t a chef: Professional skydiver.
What you do to relax: Free dive.
Summer travel plans: St. Thomas.
Why you’re participating in Taste of the Nation Palm Beach: To give back to the community.
Your dish: Local smoked pork tacos, house hot sauce, and garden cabbage.
Executive Chef & Partner, DADA
Residence: Delray Beach
Most underrated item in the kitchen: The tourne knife. It’s easy to use and fits in your hand perfectly.
Most overrated dining trends or foods: Foams.
Your trademark as a chef: Bacon. I use a lot of it and butter.
One thing we should know about you: I love Halloween. I act like a kid and love dressing up.
What you do to relax: I enjoy watching movies or going to Legoland with our son.
Biggest luxury: I am kind of a luxury hotel snob.
Why you’re participating in Taste of the Nation Palm Beach: I care about people and it's time we all took a step back and see how fortunate we are and give back to those who are not. This is why Amanda and I started our own charity, Healthy Bellies, with the Delray Achievement Center.
Your dish: Nutella Crème Caramel.
Chef de Cuisine, Pistache
Where you live: Jupiter
Biggest kitchen disaster: At Café Boulud, I was responsible for the soup du jour. I was making cucumber soup and added too much vinegar. It turned brown. Daniel Boulud was in town that day and was less than impressed.
Most underrated item in the kitchen: A sharp vegetable peeler.
If you weren’t a chef: A high-performance auto mechanic.
One thing we should know about you: I enjoy photography. Capturing a beautiful moment is a huge inspiration.
If you could fly anywhere for the day, where would you go: Japan. Amazing cuisine and I’m sure I would come back with a lot of culinary inspirations.
Why you’re participating in Taste of the Nation Palm Beach: Being a father now, I realize more than ever just how important this organization is. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to not be able to feed my daughter.
Your dish: Assorted housemade charcuterie and accoutrements.
Asiatic Cuisine Chef, Aah Loi Thai & Sushi
Where you live: Palm Beach Gardens
Your biggest kitchen disaster: A guest requested a red Ferrari cake that ended up Flamingo pink. Best part is that it happened to be his favorite color!
Most underrated item in the kitchen: Thermometers.
Most overrated dining trends or foods: I think all trends are cool. When they’re put into the hands of inexperienced cooks, they become undesirable.
Your trademark as a chef: Taking a different route in my culinary career gives me an edge. I call my style, Asiatic Cuisine. It’s my personal interpretation of Asian cooking, influenced by the Japanese aesthetic and culture.
Every chef has a vice. What’s yours: Traveling and eating out.
One thing we should know about you: I’m left-handed but use my right hand for all knife work.
Why you’re participating in Taste of the Nation Palm Beach: If we help anyone, it should be our kids. Growing up, I had a taste of poverty and having to figure out where the next meal would come from. Kids shouldn’t have that to think about that.
Your dish: Asian BBQ Salad or sushi.
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