Food Trucks

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

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With two minutes left on the shopping clock, Almodovar found she was $2 under. She ran to pick up some fresh herbs, while Heins

tried to figure out how to shave $2 off his tab (he was over his

limit). After some negotiation, hustle, and a much smaller onion, both

contestants were checked out and ready to cook. (Almodovar, by the way,

checked out at $19.57, while Heins managed to check out at $20 even).


As cooking commenced, Almodovar seemed in her element. Vegetables were

grilling, a garlic/wine reduction was simmering, and the fish was being

prepped. Heins, however, ran into a little snafu as his poblano pepper caught

fire. Quickly placing a pot on the pan to smother the flames, it can be

said that Heins put on a good show for the crowd.


With nine seconds to go, Almodovar's dishes were already plated, as Heins

tried to get all the elements together on his dish -- making it just as

the crowd counted down to one. The result?


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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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