Who doesn't like pupu? No one, because who doesn't like Hawaii? In conjunction with the Hawaii Visitors Bureau, Los Angeles Magazine threw an island-style cook-off between four of LA's greatest chefs. A pupu cook-off. Readers tried the pupu and voted online over a period of few weeks, and it all culminated in a cook-off between two finalists at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows.
|The winning pupu: Foie gras sushi|
Chef Mark Gold, Eva Restaurant
First, the drink. Pineapple Mosquito made with vodka, pineapple juice, liquor 43, mint, pineapple juice
We also ate the pupu prepared by the two finalists: Chef Mark Gold from Eva Restaurant prepared sushi with whole lobes of foie gras, tea smoked plum, and grated yuzu. Chef Neal Fraser from BLD prepared Hawaiian tuna poke with wasabi tobiko and sambal creme fraiche; he also prepared some spam banh mi.
The cook-off winner was Chef Mark Gold with his foie gras sushi! I certainly have a soft spot for foie gras, and perhaps hand feeding the judges helped too? ;)
|Chef Neal Fraser at his station|
|Chef Fraser's Hawaiian tuna poke|
|Kalua pork tacos|
Chef Mark Gold will get to travel to Hawaii for the first Hawaii Food and Wine Festival in September. Congratulations to him!
Most of the party attendees won't get to go with him, but with booze, foie gras, poke, and roasted pig skin, we were winners, too.