Alex Harrell of Angeline NOLA wins 2nd place in Farm and Table Chef’s Taste Challenge

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Kaimana Chee of Uncle’s Hawaiian Grindz in Silver Spring, Maryland won the Chef’s Taste Challenge on Friday (Sept. 8), during the two-day Farm and Table conference at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd.

Alex Harrell of Angeline restaurant in the French Quarter won second place, with Alex Belew of Alex Belew Catering, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, winning the “fan favorite,” or people’s choice, prize.

In 2016, chef Eric Cook of American Sector, which is inside the National World War II Museum, won the challenge, which features chefs from across the country cooking in real-time as attendees stroll from station to station tasting the offerings.

At the challenge this year, two other Louisiana chefs competed including Jacob Cureton of Atchafalaya Restaurant and Blake Jackson of Drake Catering in Shreveport also competed.

The chef’s challenge followed a daylong conference that focused on educating food and beverage professionals and home cooks about the use of locally sourced food.

The conference continues Saturday, with a free, family friendly “Farm and Table Jamboree” held just outside the convention center near Julia Street. The jamboree begins at 11 a.m., with a free Zumba class offered at 10.

Live music will be performed all day. Headliner Marc Broussard hits the stage at 5:45 p.m.

A “Kids Zone” for little ones is available onsite. Also, attendees can visit the “Learning Lounge,” which will feature how-to sessions on topics, such as wine and food pairings, growing an edible garden and composting. Also, chefs will conduct cooking demonstrations throughout day. Among those scheduled are:

  • 12:30 p.m. — Anne Leonhard and Harriet Robin of the “New Orleans Cooking Grannies: of the New Orleans School of Cooking.
  • 1:30 p.m. — Samantha Carroll of Sac-a-Lait
  • 2:30 p.m. – Phillip Lopez of Root & Square Root
  • 3:30 p.m. — Dana Honn of Cafe Carmo
  • 4:30 p.m. — Norton Christopher’s Garden to Glass session

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