16th Annual Deering Seafood Festival: Deering Estate welcomes Miami’s top chefs to its Chef Showcase Tent this Sunday, April 10
On Sunday, April 10, 2022, the Founding of the Deering Estate will welcome guests of all ages to the famous 16th Annual Deering Seafood Festival at the historic Deering Estate. After COVID-19 delays put this popular festival on hold for more than two years, it returns with more food from some of Miami’s best restaurants and caterers, a kids’ zone, a new beer garden, live entertainment, boat rides and one of the most highly anticipated parts of the day, the chef’s demonstration tent.
Sponsored by the Deering Estate Foundation, this tent will feature six one-hour seafood cooking demonstrations by five top South Florida chefs and student winners of our annual Deering Seafood Festival Student Culinary Competition, which will took place at FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management on March 15, 2022. To ensure these chefs are well supported, 10 CRF culinary students will serve as sous chefs for the cooking demonstrations.
This year’s participating chefs represent the diversity of South Florida and its thriving food scene. The first will be Uptal Dighe (head/owner of Samsara Creations), followed by Caesar Zapata (head/owner of Yes), jim pastor (Eastern Regional Head of rusty pelican), Gerardo B. De Negri (head/owner of Botanico Gin & Cookhouse) and Pablo Zitzman (chef/owner of recent James Beard Award nominee “Best New Restaurant”, Sum Zitz). The 2022 student chef winners who will lead a demonstration are Alexa Rodriguez, Leo Soto, Regina and Dukat Benz Abas, all four of whom are seniors at the FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management.
In their allotted hour, each professional chef will give a 45-minute cooking demonstration of a seafood dish and have 15 minutes to hand out tasting samples of their dish and clean up. During this time, spectators will be able to ask the chef questions about their dish, their restaurant or the cuisine in general. Seating is first come, first served and maximum 100 guests.
The first is Chief Uptal Dighe, of Samsara Creations, who has followed a winding path to his work as a chef. Born to Indian immigrants, his early culinary experiences were mostly about trying to balance the explosive flavors and smells of his Indian heritage with his American surroundings. For nearly 20 years, Dighe lived and worked in Miami as an attorney, practicing criminal law in both government and private practice. While he loved his career, he knew something was missing. So in 2018, he left the practice of law to enroll in culinary school and earned an associate’s degree in culinary arts and a bachelor’s degree in food service management during the pandemic. It was through this program that he was introduced to Deering Estate, as he won the Deering Seafood Festival Culinary Student Competition and led a cooking demonstration in the Chef’s Demonstration Tent at the 2019 Deering Seafood Festival. of this year’s Chef Demonstration Tent, Dighe will create his Pan con Croqueta: Saffron lobster croqueta with Kasundi mustard coleslaw and toasted bun.
Born in Medellin, Colombia and raised in New Jersey, Chef Cesar Zapata de Phuc Yea was dubbed the “family cook” at a young age. Intrigued by Texas-style barbecue, Mexican cuisine, and Gulf Coast seafood, Zapata enrolled in the culinary school at the Art Institute Houston, where, in addition to Southern cuisine, he was exposed to Vietnamese flavors. After graduating he went on to work at luxury hotel brands like The Four Seasons and The Setai, and had the opportunity to work under James Beard Award nominee and two-star chef Timothy Keating. Shawn Hergatt. In 2011, Zapata partnered with hospitality maven Aniece Meinhold and launched Miami’s first-ever pop-up restaurant, the Vietnamese Cajun-style Phuc Yea, which has since become a permanent fixture in Miami’s MiMo neighborhood since 2019. During this year’s Chef Demonstration Tente, Zapata will create his Vietnamese style ceviche.
Coming to Miami from New York, Chief Jim Pastor by Rusty Pelican graduated cum laude from Johnson & Wales University. Born to Costa Rican parents, Pastor was instilled with a love of food and natural ingredients from childhood. In 2004, he joined the dynamic team of chefs at the Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, which won the highly regarded AAA Five Diamond Award during his stay, a distinction bestowed upon only four hotels in all of Miami. Today, he runs the kitchen at Rusty Pelican, Key Biscayne’s upscale waterfront restaurant known for its delicious seafood menu and sunset views. At this year’s Chef’s Demonstration Tent, Pastor will be creating the hugely popular Rusty Pelican Chipotle Aioli Crab Cakes.
Born and raised in Mexico, Chef Gerardo B. De Negri de Botánico Gin & Cookhouse began his career at the age of 18, when he ran 10 cafes across Mexico. In his mid-twenties, he opened and operated his own chain of seven fine-dining bar restaurants in Mexico City. From this experience, De Negri left Mexico to attend cooking school in Paris, then returned to Mexico City to open his first full-service Spanish restaurant. He has since launched several restaurants in Miami, including his new concept, Botánico Gin & Cookhouse, which opened in 2021 in Coconut Grove. At this year’s Chef’s Demonstration Tent, De Negri will create his Tuna tartar sauce.
After graduating from the Academia de Cocina Verde Oliva culinary school in Bogotá, Colombia, chef Pablo Zitzmann moved to live with his father in Miami, his first step in a culinary career that would take him all over the world. Along with working as a dishwasher and tortilla maker at age 14, her first restaurant job was as a line cook at Michelle Bernstein’s Señora Martínez, followed by the prestigious Nobu under chef Thomas Buckley. Zitzmann toured New York before landing the sous chef gig at Matador Room and Market at EDITION, both from Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Interested in Asian cuisine, Zitzmann traveled to Hawaii in 2013 to perform at Pig and the Lady in Honolulu’s Chinatown, followed by the Royal Garden in Honolulu and Yardbird Yakitori in Hong Kong. In 2014, he opened the 75-seat No Name Chinese in South Miami as executive chef. In 2019, Zitzmann became the executive chef of the THesis hotel in Coral Gables, but then COVID hit and he had to come up with something new. He started making Zitz Sum, both a tribute to his nickname and his love of dim sum, and cooked at home and sold via Instagram until early 2021 when he opened a physical Zitz Sum location. in Coral Gables. At this year’s Chef’s Demonstration Tent, Zitzmann will create his Key West Prawn Dumplings with Calabrian Chilli Dressing, Crunchy Garlic and Thai Basil.
The final cooking demonstration will be dedicated to student chefs and will feature the winners of the March 2022 competition Deering Seafood Festival Culinary Student Competition. Although there is usually only one winner, this year will feature two teams of talented seniors from the FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, all of whom created their recipes from scratch. Both teams will have 30 minutes to demonstrate, and at the end of the hour, participants will be able to try a sample of their dishes. The first place team, Alexa Rodriguez & Leo Sotowill create their Miso Glazed Sockeye Sockeye Salmon; and the second place team, Regina Dukat & Benz Abaswill create their Caribbean Jerk “CJ” Salmon with Ataúlfo mango salsa on banana leaf.
As a non-profit organization, the Deering Estate and the Deering Estate Foundation could not organize their annual calendar of exciting community events without the help of their generous donors. The 16th Annual Deering Seafood Festival was made possible by over 35 sponsors, including Eric’s Outboard, Shield Pest Control, Golden Rule Seafood, Shaka Kai, Sports Grille, Miami-Dade County Mayor Danielle Cava and McLusky , McDonald & Hughes, Amerant Bank, as well as media and in-kind sponsors like Kiddos Magazine, Community Newspapers, Baptist Hospital, Florida International University, Miami International Airport, Brand Poets, Veza Sur and more. The festival also has the steadfast support of the Miami-Dade County Tourism Development Board, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Council of Cultural Affairs, and the County Board of Commissioners.
the 16th Annual Deering Seafood Festival will take place on Sunday, April 10, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Deering Estate, located at 16701 SW 72 Ave., Palmetto Bay. Festival-goers are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance in line. Adult tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and tickets for children ages 4-14 are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Ticket prices include admission and activities, but exclude food, drink, boat rides, and vendor purchases. All proceeds will benefit the Deering Estate Foundation and will be used to fund, advocate and support Deering Estate and its initiatives.
Deering Estate is open daily for guests of all ages to enjoy its open space, wildlife viewing, bay views, and self-guided access to on-site museums. Check upcoming events and programs at Deering Estate. For more information, please visit www.deeringestate.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, instagram and Youtube.
About the Deering Estate Foundation
For those who cherish the Deering Estate, who advocate for its preservation and wish to invest in its future, The Founding of the Deering Estate offers individuals and businesses the opportunity to participate in memberships, iconic events and unique experiences, all with the aim of providing vital funding and support to the Deering Estate. Through these efforts, the foundation fulfills its mission to preserve the legacy of Charles Deering’s cherished 1920s property, to fund the cultural, educational and recreational experiences it provides, as well as its important scientific and archaeological efforts to conserve its diverse flora. , wildlife and the eight native ecosystems that thrive on its 450 acres, and to ensure its longevity as a prized American Heritage Site. Founded in 1989, The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc. is a community-based 501(c) 3 Florida Corporation charity and philanthropic partner of Deering Estate. Interested persons can Become a member here!
About Deering Estate
the deer field is a 21st century house museum, cultural and ecological field station, and national monument on the National Register of Historic Places, owned by the State of Florida and operated by the Florida Department of Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces. Miami-Dade County. 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of construction of the Stone House, and with our philanthropic partners, the Deering Estate Foundation and 100 Ladies of Deering, we will organize a series of events and programs to celebrate this momentous occasion. The Deering Estate is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. at Miami.
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