Sean Brasel Crowned Miami's HopChef at Brewery Ommegang's Throwdown
Doug Fairall HopChef Miami winner Sean Brasel (in black) with fellow chefs and Ommegang representatives.
There really is no better pairing than beer and food, so when Brewery Ommegang (that very Belgian of American craft breweries) expanded its list of cities for its annual HopChef competition to include Miami, chefs from the area rose to the challenge of enveloping their food with beer.
Monday, the chefs proved their culinary chops and brought the hundreds of foodies and beer lovers that attended the HopChef event at the gorgeous Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables to gastronomic paradise. Though eight chefs entered, only one could step away with the title of HopChef for Miami.
That lone winning chef was Sean Brasel of Meat Market Miami.
His dish, a Peking duck with Ibarra mole-cherry brioche and panna cotta, brought to life the malt flavors of Three Philosophers, a Belgian-style quadruple ale with a 2 percent addition of Liefmans Kriek (a cherry lambic). Savory blended with sweetness in the form of dark fruits and caramelization to produce a dish destined to come out on top.
Doug Fairall Peking duck with panna cotta and a mole-cherry brioche, paired with Three Philosophers.
"Since everyone is pairing a beer with their dish, what thing in this beer is going to set it apart?" Brasel told us. "What is the character we can get out of it?"