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Ceviche Throwdown Crowns Ceviche Champions

October 20, 2010 By Carlos Miller in Miami: Food & Restaurant News  | 3 Comments

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Above: The judge’s choice for winner of the Ceviche Throwdown went to Juan Chipoco of CVI.CHE 105.

Back in the 1990s, the big trend among foodies was sushi, which taught Americans to shun everything they had learned about the dangers of consuming raw fish.

Today, the trend - at least in Miami - is ceviche, which has expanded our appetite for raw fish down into Latin America.

And yes, I know, sushi is not technically raw fish. That’s sashimi.

But neither is ceviche because it is cooked in lime juice, which pickles the fish in acidity.

But for those of us who grew up in a household where meat wasn’t considered safe unless it was charred with a flame-thrower, both sushi and ceviche are not far removed from swallowing live gold fish, which incidentally didn’t kill anybody during the 1930s when the fad was sweeping college campuses (hey, it was the depression).

Last Sunday, several Miami restaurants participated in the Ceviche Throwdown, which culminated the Miami International Wine Fair and was held to benefit Friends of the Fisherman.

The event was held at Sugarcane in Midtown. Participating chefs included Tim Balloo, Sugarcane; Tim Andriola, Timo; Douglas Rodriguez, Ocean; Juan Chipoco, CVI.CHE105; Phillip Bryant, Norman’s 180; Andrea Curto Randazzo, Water Club;  Louis Padilla, Grill on the Alley; Jonathan Eismann, Fin; Kris Wessel, Red Light Little River; Dena Marino; and Clay Conley.

The judge’s choice went to Chef Juan Chipoco of CVI.CHE 105.  The people’s choice went to Chef Andrea Randazzo of The Water Club.

Check out pictures of the event.

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Above: The Judges


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Above: The Web City Girls


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Above: Chef Jonathan Eismann


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Above: Christine Najac of the South Florida Food and Wine Blog.

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Above: Rick Garcia and his wife, Ines Hegedus-Garcia

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Carlos Miller is a featured writer at Miami Beach 411. He also operates Photography is Not a Crime, a blog about photographer rights, New Media and First Amendment issues.

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3 Comments on

"Ceviche Throwdown Crowns Ceviche Champions"

Christy says:

Great pics! What restaurants participated? I think Ola has the best ceviche..my favorite is the lobster.

Posted on 10/20/2010 at 5:48 PM

Carlos Miller says:

Good call, Christy, I added all the participating chefs and restaurants.

Posted on 10/22/2010 at 11:22 AM

miamism says:

I was going to say - “great pics”....but that would be an understatement smile  It was great seeing you there Carlos

Posted on 10/23/2010 at 3:20 PM

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