|Black garlic is soft, sweet and mildly garlic.|
|Josh Galliano, a chef from a St. Louis restaurant was the moderator of the chef challenge.|
|Local food experts judged each dish in both rounds of competition.|
|Tilapia, sunchokes and black walnuts were the primary ingredients in round 1.|
The first round had 3 ingredients, which were: tilapia, Missouri black walnuts and sunchokes. There were additional ingredients available, including fennel, spinach, onions, shallots, etc. but the primary 3 ingredients had to be used in the dish.
|The tilapia was pan-seared. The black walnuts were part of the sunchoke hash with bacon.|
|What an amazing chopper. Chefs get to use the coolest tools!|
|Josh interviewed the chefs as they worked. A high school boy, also Josh, photographed.|
|Husband and wife team took first place with their well-presented dishes.|
This husband and wife chef team had the winning dish in the second round of competition. Not only was it (probably) tasty...not being one of the judges I had to guess, but it looked really good.
|This was a beautiful presentation of walnut-encrusted tilapia.|
|This little smoker gave the pork loin just a hint of applewood smoke on the outside.|
|The black garlic sauce brought all the flavors together and was delicious.|
Attendance at the conference wasn't as high as the organizers had hoped but it is an excellent conference, nonetheless. There were over 60 vendors in the trade show and 72 speakers. I gave my Edible Landscaping program (I call it, "Plow up the lawn and plant something useful") and I'm taking one of my tropical plants I brought from Florida over to Illinois to my friend Joe tomorrow.
Good night from St. Louis.