Two of Miami's best chefs will go head-to-head this Sunday at the annual Heart of a Chef festival and culinary competition.
Normally, we'd frown on chefs fighting, but this epic battle is for a good cause. Heart of a Chef is a fundraiser for the Florida Heart Research Institute.
This Sunday, April 28, from 3 to 7 p.m., Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will host the family-friendly event, which includes interactive displays, food and wine samplings, and a cooking demonstration by Ellen Kanner, vegan chef and author of Feeding the Hungry Ghost: Life, Faith, and What to Eat for Dinner.
Things will really heat up at 5:30 p.m., when Aaron Brooks, executive chef of Edge Steak & Bar at the Four Seasons Miami, takes on Todd Erickson, executive chef at Haven in a culinary battle for the ages.
Each chef will be tasked with making a delicious heart-healthy meal using mystery ingredients that will be revealed at the beginning of the competition.
We asked Erickson how he feels about challenging adversary Brooks to a food-fueled duel. He simply said, "Chef Aaron is riding high on the hog right now after last weekend's Cochon 555, but my job this week is to knock him off."
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Last year, Eating House's Giorgio Rapicavoli beat Crave's Joshua Wahler by creating a pan-seared salmon with a dried-cherry reduction.
Tickets for Heart of a Chef cost $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Each paid adult ticket includes admission for two children, which is a great deal for families. To purchase tickets, visit heartofachef.org.