Boca Raton, Fla. (March 12, 2020): The Chef Showdown Country Club Competition benefiting Trustbridge Hospice Foundation on March 10th delivered a fiery competition for guests at Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club. South County’s top country club chefs went knife-to-knife in an Iron Chef-style contest using the same main ingredient in each recipe: smoked bacon. The event raised over $150,000 to support the programs and services of Trustbridge Hospice.
Executive Chef Joe Longo of Broken Sound Club came away with top honors with his delectable Pan Roasted Chilean Sea Bass seared in pancetta oil, white miso, sake & mirin, Hon Shimeji Kombu herb butter, candied pork belly, edamame puree bacon fat rissoles, black garlic glaze, tempura bacon crunch. “This event boasts the best recipe for success,” said Greg Leach, president of Trustbridge Hospice Foundation. “Guests came out to support and enjoy cuisine from their very own local culinary masters while supporting those in our community facing the toughest time of their lives; I can’t think of a better mix.”
Guests relished delicious hors d’oeuvres and a wonderful silent auction before entering the ball room where emcee, Paige Kornblue walked them through the fierce competition. With cameras capturing every move and simulcasting on screens, each chef had 30 minutes to prepare their dish live.
The premier chef tasting event also included: Quinn Alexander from The Little Club who prepared Surf and Turf with double smoked bacon demi-glace; Chad Hojnacki from Delaire Country Club who prepared pan seared black grouper with a frisse with bacon, maple sherry vinaigrette; and Joe DiPrima from Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club who prepared butter poached South African Lobster tails with micro green salad with smoked bacon vinaigrette.
This year’s judges represented some of the best of the South Florida culinary scene: Restauranteur Arturro Gismondi, owner and operator of Trattoria Roman; Sommelier Stephanie Miskew, The Glamorous Gourmet; Chef Nick Morgogen Pine Tree Golf and Country Club; Restauranteur Burt Rapoport of Rapoport Restaurant Group; and Katherine Barnhart, Wealth Advisor for BB&T, now Truist.
Sponsors making the Chef Showdown Country Club Competition possible are: Debbie Lindstrom & Bob Sheetz; Hartcourt M. & Virginia W. Sylvester Foundation; Elaine J. Wold; Wells Fargo; Christine Lynn – E.M. Lynn Foundation; Truist; Boca Magazine; Collazo Family Fund; Anne & Lou Green; Barbara Gutin; Jim MacCutcheon and Fern Rubenstein; Lawless, Edwards & Warren; Heidi Schaeffer, M.D.; AMG; Allegiance Home Health; Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation; Dignity Memorial; Guy La Ferrera; Neuberger Berman; Toshiba; Schmidt Family Foundation; Lou Bachrot Chevrolet; Michelle and Michael Hagerty; Wietsma & Lippolis; Sysco; and Pero Farms.
We owe special thanks to our outstanding event committee, including: Event Chairs Debbie Lindstrom, Jayne Malfitano and Robin Muir and Event Committee Vicki Accardi, Arlette Baker, Patricia Collazo, Marian Davis, Gerry Erhlich, Terry Fedele, Karen Friedman, Annie Green, Barbara Gutin, Rosie Inguanzo-Martin, Guy LaFerrera, Dorothy Lippman, Alejandra Lippolis, Lana Rozenweig, Marilyn Swillinger, Patricia Thomas and Amy Wilhelm.