Culinary stars from around the country gathered at Third Coast Restaurant in the Texas Medical Center on Oct. 11 to prepare a special dinner as part of the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour. Third Coast Executive Chef Jon Buchanan and his staff hosted the dinner that brought culinary talents from coast to coast to benefit the James Beard Foundation.
Featured chefs for the dinner were Chef Jon Buchanan ~ Third Coast, Houston; JBF Award Winner Michael Mina (with Chef Jeremy McMillan) ~ Bourbon Steak, PABU, and International Smoke, San Francisco; JBF Award Winner Hugo Ortega (with Chef Ruben Ortega) ~ Backstreet Cafe, Hugo’s, Caracol, and Xochi, Houston; Kevin Gillespie ~ Gunshow and Gamechanger, Atlanta; and Revival, Decatur, GA (people will know him from “Top Chef”); and Mike McKinney (with Chef Jonathan Insetta) ~ Orsay, Jacksonville, FL.
Guests were greeted by a welcome cocktail featuring Tito’s vodka, a national sponsor of the Celebrity Chef Tour, and canape by each of the featured chefs, before sitting down to a seated five-course dinner.
The dinner menu:
Frisee, roasted beets, truffled beet puree, grana panna cotta and beet powder
Chef Jon Buchanan
Sea scallop crudo, house made turmeric buttermilk, radish, basil, dill, trout roe, pumpernickel
Chef Mike McKinney and Chef Jonathan Insetta
Apple cider-lacquered pork loin, crispy boudin fritter, creamed collards, pickled crab apples
Chef Kevin Gillespie
Smoked Korean-style 44 Farms short ribs with sticky rice, kimchi and sesame
Chef Michael Mina and Chef Jeremy McMillan
El Coco – housemade chocolate coconut shell, coconut buttercream, coconut ganache, coconut streusel and whipped coconut
Chef Hugo Ortega and Chef Ruben Ortega
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