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KITCHEN THROWDOWN RECAP
Participants were in for a great culinary time at this year’s Kitchen ThrowDown during the Super Bowl activities last week. Hosted by former football player Chester Pitts and held at the Conservatory Underground Beer Garden and Food Hall, the event paired two NFL pros with professional chefs; Whitney Mercilus and Chef Sabin Lomac (Shark Tank Alum and culinary prodigy) against former player Takeo Spikes and winner of Beat Bobby Flay “Stop, Drop and Roll” episode and Houston’s own chef Kevin Naderi. The winners of the competition donated the proceeds to their charity of choice.
Things started to heat up in the kitchen when the players rolled up their sleeves ready to cook a meal which included ingredients: capers, palm, red snapper and Froot Loops…yes, you read it correctly, the fruit-colored breakfast cereal. With 45-minutes on the clock, the players and chefs went to their respective cooking stations and gave audience members a combination of comedic flair and culinary experimentation as they balanced giving attention to the cameras while prepping their meals. In intervals, guests enjoyed treats from Nothing Bundt Cakes, Cousins Maine Lobster, and Saint Arnold Brewing Co.
Judges for the competition included Season 11 winner of “The Voice” Sundance, KPRC weekday morning anchor Rachel McNeill, and Juan Arellano of El Tiempo restaurant. Mercilus and Lomac prepared a dish of red snapper marinated in soy-maple-syrup with crushed red pepper capers and Froot Loops accompanied by fresh avocado, sautéed bell peppers and hearts of palm. Spikes and Naderi fancied things up with pan-seared red snapper in a carrot and ginger puree, Greek vegetable salad with garbanzo beans, hearts of palm, capers and truffle oil topped off with a rice pudding dessert with Froot Loop milk and crushed cereal.
The winners of Kitchen Throwdown went to Takeo Spikes and chef Kevin Naderi. The duo donated the $15,000 prize money to the Rally Foundation an organization for childhood cancer awareness.
Kitchen Throwdown was a great event which connected the sports world to the community in providing funds for charity.
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