Thursday, August 28, 2014

Brandon Felder wins Gambit's Emerging Chefs Challenge

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 12:12 PM

click to enlarge Poppy Tooker presents Chef Brandon Felder with the trophy at Gambit's Emerging Chefs Challenge.
  • Poppy Tooker presents Chef Brandon Felder with the trophy at Gambit's Emerging Chefs Challenge.


Fifteen finalists competed in Gambit's Emerging Chefs Challenge at The Cannery Wednesday evening. Le Foret's Brandon Felder won the competition after his dish — sugarcane glazed Kurobuta pork belly with goat cheese spoonbread and crispy Tabasco onion — was voted the top dish by attendees.

Chef Mark Majorie of the Fountain Lounge at the Roosevelt Hotel claimed second place with his braised lamb neck with English pea miso and pickled white peaches.


Chef Michael Gulotta of MoPho took third place with his dish — slow-roasted Two Run Farms lamb and smoked tofu in green curry with roasted beet baby carrot and cashew salad.

Dishes included Cristina Quackenbush's (Milkfish) Filipino-style ceviche, James Cullen's (Treo) beef tongue and duck confit yaka mein, Erin Swanson's (Restaurant R'evolution) red velvet cornbread with foie gras mousse, Austin Kirzner's (Red Fish Grill) soft-shell crab bisque with Louisiana blue crab dash and Richard Bickford's (Tujague's) pork belly over oyster-andouille cream with sweet corn chow chow.

Felder won a $1,000 prize and a trophy.

More than 40 chefs were nominated for the competition. To be eligible, chefs must have served as head chef or chef de cuisine at an area restaurant for three years or less. Winners were determined solely on the basis of voting by event attendees. More than 500 votes were cast.

The 2014 finalists were:
Chef Michael Gulotta, MoPho 


Chef Michael Wilson, Pizza domenica

Chef Brandon Felder, Le Foret Restaurant


Chef Russell Pevey, Seithers Restaurant


Chef Austin Kirzner, Red Fish Grill


Chef Matthew Bossie, Pizza Delicious 


Chef Timothy Pearson, O'Briens Grille


Chef Brian Armour, Noodle & Pie 


Chef Travis Cheatum, Marigny Brasserie


Chef Mark A. Majorie Jr., The Fountain Lounge

, Roosevelt Hotel
Chef James Cullen, Treo 


Chef Cristina Quackenbush, Milkfish 


Chef Richard Bickford, Tujague's 


Chef Brent Tranchina, Dinner Lab New Orleans


Chef Erin Swanson, Restaurant R’evolution



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