No matter what feelings anyone has about the SoBe Food & Wine Festival, it cannot be argued that it brings a lot of attention to the city of Miami for a few days. The roster of official and unofficial related events keeps growing. For an event that is 9 years old, its magnitude is quite impressive. So, is any attention good attention? Although there were some fantastic food-related happenings, a great majority of it is Food Network driven, and you frequently see people like Rachel Ray, Giada, Tyler, and P. Deen referred to as 'chefs.' There is definitely a lot of fluff on the schedule... special made for TV cheezy fluff.
So, to parade some of that fluff before you I am sharing the photos of one of our cooks from Venesuela, Gino. He spent the Sunday at the event apparently seeking out everyone with a well-known name attached. I'm also appreciative to have some pictures to share since my camera is dead. I guess it wasn't too difficult for the event organizers to persuade these northern-based chefs and personas to fly down and enjoy the great weather and sunshine and walk on the beach for a couple of days.
Here's some Duff to go with your fluff. At least he wore a LedZep shirt.
Gino with the man himself, Wylie Dufresne finally getting some sun.
The best thing about Top Chef (or the only good thing)...
Gino with Cat.
Gino with Bobby.
Govind Armstrong from Table 8.
Thanks, Gino... but next year, you're working.