It should be a fun afternoon this Sunday, March 27, on South Eola Drive. That’s the date and the place for COOK 2011, a showcase of food and drink from area restaurants, plus a cooking competition among four of the participating chefs. Which four? No one will know until the day of the event when the names will be drawn at random.
The contest will consist of three Quick Fire challenges, with the last remaining chef receiving the COOK 2011 Challenge Champion Award. Judging the event will be visiting celebrity chef Yigit Pura, winner of Bravo’s Top Chef Just Desserts and destined to be a favorite solution in future New York Times crossword puzzles; Joe Solomonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, which will benefit from the event’s proceeds; and Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer, who knows a thing or two about food. (Now, you just hush -- I meant that according to his wife, Karen, the mayor is quite a good cook.) Oh, and looky here -- it says in this press release that I’ll be one of the judges, too. Bob Frier, Fox-35 news anchor, will serve as the host.
While the competition is going on, you can wander about and sample food, wine and cocktails from some of the participating restaurants. Some of the restaurants that will be there include: Funky Monkey, HUE, Shine Neighborhood Kitchen, Gringos Locos, Shari Sushi and Tako Cheena, the soon-to-open eatery from Pom Pom.