On November 2nd Wade and I celebrated Dia de los Muertos with Del Real Foods at their Fight for Flavor event and watched 5 local chefs battle it out for the title of LA’s Favorite Chef! It was such a festive night of food, face painting and fun!
We got our faces painted by the talented makeup artist Tanya of Party Face Magic!
The 5 chefs and host News Anchor José A. Ronstadt.
My favorite and the WINNER by Chef Esdras Ochoa of Mexicali Taco & Co. Fettuccine A La Mexicana with Del Real Carnitas. Delicious and so unique! I had never had anything like it.
Chef Aaron J. Perez of Vaka Burgers came in a close 2nd for me with his Del Real Carnitas Banh Mi. I love how he mixed cultures.
Chef Natalie Curie of El Coraloense won me over for 3rd place with her Creamed Del Real Shredded Chicken Sope with Chipotlé Consommé. I am a sucker for pickled onions so that did it for me right there.
Chef Gina Galvan of Chomp Chomp Nation did an Asian Pork Tostada with Del Real Carnitas. Unfortunately the chip had gone a bit stale but the overall flavor was good. 4th place for me.
Chef David Moreno of Komodo Food did a Rope Vieja with Del Real Shredded Beef. This dish took 5th place for me because it lacked flavor and presentation. I much prefer my husbands Mexican Lasagna!
The AMAZING DESSERT TABLE! Anything you could possibly imagine was there for the taking!
The winner…Chef Esdras Ochoa! “What a humbling and amazing experience to be on deck with such talented chefs from the L.A scene,” said Chef Ochoa. “Every single one of them was a winner from the start. This win goes out to the amazing people of the crowd that were present and to my family & friends. Thank you, Del Real Foods, for one heck of a ride!”
Me and Lucho! I think he had a sweet spot for me…
The Del Real Foods Fight for Flavor was held at SmogShoppe, a special events venue on La Cienega Blvd. I love how the whole building is covered in succulents. I have driven my dozens of times and never knew what it was!