Johnson & Wales University and the 14th Deering Estate Seafood Festival partnered up again for the Seafood Festival Student Competition.

This delicious event took place recently at the J & W State of the Arts facility in NE Miami.   Rendez vous was at 10:00 a.m. where 12 courageous students waited for the match to get started. Crisp uniforms, excited hands and ambitious creations made by first and second year students waited for Culinary Events Manager Chesi Argibay to explain procedures and then it was Off to the Races.

The competition was (in my humble opinion), particularly difficult this year because the students did not know what products they were going to be able to use until the actual day of the competition.  The young chefs each had 40 minutes to put together their preparations, plate their dishes and then explain their individual presentations to the judges.  Needless to say, as I mentioned in fb, it was just as difficult for the judges.  We had to sample all of the fantastic dishes (Wink), and decide who would receive the 1st prize and the two runner up accolades.

The University has an integrated arts and sciences curriculum to provide the analytical, critical thinking, and communications skills necessary for long term career advancement.

Every year the Deering Seafood Festival is visited by seafood aficionados who spend most of the day tasting yummy seafood dishes and watching celebrity chefs * prepare the delicious catches from the sea.  There is a large play park for kids, a colorful carnival, which invites everyone to dance to the festivities, a number of musicians playing great songs on the stage and of course,  plenty of vendors selling their arts and craft

*Celebrity Chefs this year are Kai Abdalla, A Fish Called Avalon, Adrianne Calvo, Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar, Bret Hessler, American Harvest, Victor Manuel Lopez Pisco y Nazca and Gil Plaster, Shula’s 347 Grill.

The Deering Seafood Festival takes place this year on March 25th, 2018 at the Deering Estate, 10701 SW 72nd Ave.  Palmelto Bay in SW Miami.  Details: