Food Trucks

Whole Foods' Fill The Grill Competition: Jim Heins Takes Round One

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After that point was duly noted by the contestants (Almodovar playfully

high-fived, then hugged Heins), it was time for the games to begin. In a

riff on many Food Network shows, contestants had 20 minutes and $20 to

purchase the ingredients they needed to feed three judges. They also has

a pantry with basics like salt, pepper, oil, and basic seasonings at

their disposal. After the purchase phase, each chef (or cook) had 20

minutes to prepare and plate their dish, which would then be judged for

taste, presentation, and originality.

Once the clock started, Almodovar and Heins dashed out to the floor.

Almodovar made a beeline for the seafood, choosing fresh grouper. Heins

was found at the meat counter, buying ground grass-fed beef and a spicy sausage.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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