The Food Network TV Show “Chopped”-style competition requires food truck chefs to shop the farmers’ market for pre-determined seasonal ingredients and whip up a culinary masterpiece in just 60 minutes. The panel of top local foodie judges will include Mona Shah Anderson, O.C restaurant publicist, Chef Andrew Gruel, Winner of Farm2GFTII, and Owner of SlapFish, Chef Santanna Salas from Haven Gastropub, Kim Glen, representing the City of Costa Mesa, and Priscilla Willis, She’s Cookin’, Food blogger Bobby Navarro will act as MC. The panel will judge the dishes on creativity, taste and presentation and decide who will be crowned the ‘Top Chop’ Truck! The Challenge kicks off at 12 pm, judging begins at 1pm and the winner will be announced at 1:30 pm.
The festivities will also feature live music, kid-friendly activities and plenty of free parking. Admission is also free. A food drive benefiting Costa Mesa locals will also take place and attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods or make a small donation. Any donation will be used to purchase food directly from the farmers. The event will be held in conjunction with the SoCo Certified Farmers’ Market, which takes place every Saturday at South Coast Collection (“SoCo”) at the 3315 Hyland Ave in Costa Mesa from 9 am – 2pm
- 9:00 SoCo Farmers’ Market opens
- 11:00 Judges, & Foodies arrive, check in at info booth
- 11:30 Judges choose six ingredients to be used in competition
*Foodies start tweeting, taking pictures, & filming
- 12:00 Chefs dash, grab, and cook (60 min time limit)
- 1:00 Judging begins, tasting 6 submissions
- 1:30 Winner crowned Top Chop Truck
The rules are pretty simple; Chefs have 60 minutes to dash, choose, plan, and to make a small tasting for six judges, using:
- Utilization & creative use of farm fresh ingredients 50 points
- Taste 30 points
- Presentation 20 points
- Five ingredients Farmers’ Market ingredients pre-chosen by the judges, plus an additional two ingredients of their choice
- A protein of choice
- And their choice of one cheat ingredient (i.e. tortillas).
- They are also welcome to use their pantry ingredients, olive oil, spices…
Criteria for Judging:
Judges will score on the following criteria. Most points wins! This will be a blind tasting. Keep in mind that the overall scoring emphasis is based on creative use of farm fresh ingredients in this competition
Gotta love an event put on by a group called Cluster Truck Events.
On June 9, the company is rounding up the food trucks for a Gourmet Food Truck Block Party at the Suncoast from noon to 6 p.m.
More than 25 food trucks from Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County including: Snow Ono, Sin City Wings, Sausagefest, Chitown Hustler, Slap Yo Mama, chef Ludovic Lefebvre’s LudoTruck and more will be on hand.
Tickets are $5 per person with 100 percent of admission fees donated to Special Olympics Nevada. [via EaterWire]
You know that when even Bellagio is doing it, a Sin City craze is
mainstreama must do.
From Vegas StrEATS in downtown to Vegas Uncork’d on The Strip, food trucks are where it’s at when it comes to gourmet eats.
The city’s next big food truck fest will take place June 9 from noon to six at the Suncoast. Yes, off the Strip, in Summerlin so we know that already takes some of you out of the mix. If you have a car and are willing to travel, though, this gourmet food truck block party.. excuse us.. Gourmet Food Truck Block Party will feature more than 25, err, food trucks from not just here in Vegas, but from LA, San Diego, San Francisco and Orange County, too. Trucks will include Slap Yo Mama, Sausagefest, and trucks from Food Network‘s “Great Food Truck Race” as well.Did we mention the beer and wine gardens and margarita bar yet? No? There will be beer and wine gardens and a margarita bar, too.Admission will be $5 with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the Special Olympics. From there, you’ll have to pay for whatever food and drinks you choose to consume. If you’re interested, save some time in line by purchasing your tickets now via this link.