Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event

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Coverage of Wine Spectator's Best of the Best Grand Tasting at the 2010 South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

Last night’s Best of the Best Grand Tasting hosted by Wine Spectator at the Fontainebleau delivered on its promise of gastronomic excellence. Chefs from more than forty of the country’s most highly regarded restaurants prepared their best small plates. Braised meat, foie gras, scallops, pork (of course), oxtail, lobster — all were major players.

Chef Morimoto displayed Iron Chef-like agility and speed in plating his glazed pork kakuni with congee, the evening’s best dish. It was sophisticated and comforting. Beast's Chef Naomi Pomeroy nailed her foie gras as dessert concept with a savory, bite-sized bon-bon on peppery shortbread. The steamed bun with short rib by Azul achieved Momo-esque perfection. And the flawlessly-executed slow-cooked egg yolk served with The Setai’s Peking duck defied the logistics of a tasting table set up.

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