This is the last week to get your ticket's for this Saturday's Vegan Chili Cook-off . It's gonna be at Cages, and is slated to draw a bigger crowd than the 15-year-running Chili Cook-Off that Ken Walker of Bubba's fame made famous. There is a special code hidden in this article that get's you SmSh's guest list pricing. You have to find it ;-)
We've heard from people who went last year, that there are some seriously delicious things some of these chefs come up with cooking with plant based proteins. Zrou is organizing the event, and they just closed a $7.3m round of Series-A funding. Congrat's Frank!
12 chefs from Shanghai to Hangzhou are competing to win the championships. The prize that concerns you, dear reader, is the "People's Choice Award". You'll get to vote for your favorite chili masters.
Scroll past the pics from last year's Chili Cook-Off to see who will be cooking up chili this weekend at the competition.
Here is the list of chef's competing this Saturday. Go see them!
- Jason Oakley: Chef of the home team, Cages, many of you know this gentleman as one of Shanghai's F&B fixtures running fine dining for many years. He's got Coquille, Scarpetta, and Cafe Gray Deluxe under his belt (to name a few).
- Jonathan He: You've eaten Jonathan's food at Commune Social and Azul.
- Eric Wang & Derrick Yu: Coming from the zennest brand in (or out of) town, Naked Stables and naked Castle, these two are ready to cook up a storm.
- Dan Li: You may know him from that impossibly small outpost that dishes up fairly excellent small bites NY bistro style at Bird. Check out the Radar for this place.
- Chhaya R.: Home Chef Chhaya is a recognised creator of Zrou Indian dishes. She occasionally does pop-ups, and does cooking schools out in Pudong. She was a break-out star in a recent Brand Story we did.
- Conrad Van Den Heever: Conrad Van Den Heever is the head chef at artisanal bistro Bloom. Before that he was serving up Zrou products at The Anchor.
- Thijs Oomens: The brains behind Tacolicious, another one from the trio of Shanghai’s Mexican restaurants to compete in the cook off. Thijs tied for first place last year with Raffe (Cantina Agave). We have a Mexican standoff.
- Gabo: Is the tough kitchen stuff behind Anarkia. This Mediterranean/Asian fusion bistro that we mysteriously haven't written about yet, but seems to get quite a lot of love on Dianping. Gabo is a Venezuelan-Spanish chef who’s gotten down and dirty at esteemed restaurants such as El Bulli (EL BULLI?!?!?), Arzak and London by Gordon Ramsay in New York City.
- Lucky Lasagna: So far, the only gentleman on this list to have been featured in a Shanghai Famous. He's taken over the kitchen at Italo Trattoria completely revamped it's menu that was released... last week? It's good, we're gonna write about it. He’s got more than 10 years of Shanghai F&B experience including stints at The Press and Blackbird.
- Raffe Ibrahamian & Frank Li & Brian Thomson: These are the boys that keep Cantina Agave popping.
- Afa Zhang: Pistolera’s Afa Zhang (last year's People's Choice Award) winner is returning to defend his title.
- Francois Giussani: Is he French? Is he Italian? Is he... the best of both worlds? You'll have to ask him in person, cause we didn't! He's the Program Manager of Center of Innovative & Entrepeneurial Culinary Arts (or CieCAS for short).
Get your tickets NOW. This single day event is going to be pulling in more people than a Saturday at Beernanza or Destination Paradise. There are 1,000 tickets available (and don't worry about it being a fire hazard, Cages can hold up to 2,000 warm bodies).
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