Find out the winner of First We Feast's Nacho Battle (video)
An all-star panel of judges, including TONY’s own Mari Uyehara, decreed one glorious chef winner at the second annual competition
Tue Feb 25 2014
Photograph: Liz Barclay, courtesy First We Feast
Folks, right now you're staring at a picture of the First We Feast's Second Annual Nacho Battle's victorious platter, created by (drumroll, please): Michael Anthony. The Gramercy Tavern chef took top honors for his beer-marinated smoky beef nachos with polenta-masa chips, grilled salsa verde, wild rice, shell beans, homemade ají dulce pickles and Cabot cloth-bound cheddar. A trio of experts, including Time Out New York Food & Drink editor Mari Uyehara, judged the dishes on a weighted scale based on taste, creativity and presentation. The contest was helmed by former TONY scribe and current First We Feast editor-in-chief Chris Schonberger.
Anthony was competing against a group of highly qualified nacho obsessives. DJ/home cook Dieselboy and Empellón toque Alex Stupak, who started the annual shindig, whipped up basic and Oaxacan-style creations, respectively; Tertulia's Seamus Mullen made probiotic nachos using ingredients like flaxseed-and-quinoa crisps; and Wylie Dufresne (wd~50, Alder) served up foiechos with fried foie gras, truffle "black olives" and other innovative components.
Sounds good, right? Sadly, we doubt nachos are going to be showing up on Gramercy Tavern's menu anytime soon, but if you're craving a platter of crispy-gooey goodness, consult our roundup of the best nachos in NYC.
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