This afternoon, the intersection of Broadway and 5th Avenue at 23rd Street held a cooking competition based off the creators of Chopped and BBC America’s, new travel-adventure-cooking series, No Kitchen Required. The chef’s and stars of the show, Michelin-starred New York restaurateur Michael Psilakis, first-ever Chopped Grand Champion Madison Cowan and elite personal chef from New Zealand, Kayne Raymond competed in preparing dishes using New York City ingredients. Similar to the show, the three chefs used these native ingredients—squirrel, pigeon, hare, and crow—to create dishes that were then judged by New York natives. The judges for the competition were David Diehl, two-time Super Bowl champion and offensive lineman for the New York Giants, co-founder of the most popular food app “Foodspotting,” Soraya Darabi, and In Style Magazine’s Hal Rubenstein who had no idea what these “unique” ingredients would be.
And what a week it has been. The Joonbug office here in New York is bustling as the event staff gets ready for PROM Class of 2010, our adult version of the momentous occasion in all our lives. Our Events Director, Staci and our PR Manager, Paige have really outdone themselves and we are looking forward to a spectacular night this Saturday at Espace on 42nd Street, just off of Times Square. I would love for all my little Joonbugs from Miami to be in attendance, but keeping with the theme of sophistication and formality, my choices for you this week will be all velvety and top notch. Aren't they always?
When I first heard about someone opening a “gastropub,” I thought it was something out of Aribert Heim’s medical handbook. But, good news, it’s a new restaurant from Kefi owners Donatella Arpaia and the chef Michael Psilakis. Gus and Gabriel’s Gastropub, named after Psilakis’ father and a his 3-year old son respectively, intends to appeal to the hungry child within every adult.
Arpaia and Psilakis already own Kefi on the Upper West Side, which serves Greek food, the Italian spot Mia Dona on the East Side, and the “haute Greek” Anthos, in Midtown.