ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Local chefs will be in hot competition to create the tastiest Latin-inspired dish at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on Thursday night.
Salud y Sabor: Mundo Latino: Chef Showdown will present the three competitors, Marie Yniguez from Bocadillos, Tony Saccoccia from Indigo Crow and Daniel Camera from Poki Poki Cevicheria, with the challenge of concocting a
winning dish from surprise ingredients in 45 minutes.
The winner of last year’s competition, Marc Quiñones from Mas Tapas y Vino, will be the judge.
The event will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in the Domenici Education Building on the west side of the NHCC complex. Entry is free.
Aside from the cooking demonstrations, there will be art activities for children and adults, free samples of locally grown produce, and music by a DJ from KUNM radio.
“It is a wonderful opportunity for families and individuals to participate in a warm atmosphere to celebrate food from different Latin American countries, their music and see hands-on art,” said NHCC Performing Arts Director Elsa Menendez.
Salud y Sabor is an event held monthly from February through November that features food, live music and art from different Latin American countries. Cuba was the focus in August, Argentina in September and Mexico, with a “Dia de los Muertos” theme, in October, Menendez said.
It is put on through a partnership between NHCC, KUNM, the Street Food Institute and Agri-cultura Network.
The Street Food Institute works with young adults and culinary students and practitioners to teach business and technical skills so they can develop their own business. Agri-cultura Network, based in Albuquerque’s South Valley, is a farmer-owned brokerage that sells locally grown produce to restaurants, institutions and families.