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Taste of Waldorf with Jean Georges Vongerichten and Padma Lakshmi

Taste of Waldorf with Jean Georges Vongerichten and Padma Lakshmi

 Padma Lakshmi and Jean Georges Vongerichten at Taste of Waldorf. 

Padma Lakshmi and Jean Georges Vongerichten at Taste of Waldorf. 

Taste of Waldorf is an annual event where top chefs in Waldorf Astoria hotels and resorts compete to have their dish on all 26 properties. I joined an intimate crowd with celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, who determined this year's winner. 

 Michael Zachman from Waldorf Astoria Park City killllled the competition. 

Michael Zachman from Waldorf Astoria Park City killllled the competition. 

The winner turns out to be Michael Zachman (executive chef, Waldorf Astoria Park City) and Alex Bois (James Beard Rising Chef Semi-Finalist and Los Bread Co., Philadelphia) with their entrees Beet-Cured Steelhead Trout and Spicy Togarashi Prawn (respectively), both of which will now be offered at all 26 Waldorf Astoria property bar menus. This is amazing because they will join classic and timeless dishes created at Waldorf Astoria, like The Waldorf Salad, Eggs Benedict and Red Velvet Cake, unarguably distinguished menu items. 

 The winners of Taste of Waldorf!

The winners of Taste of Waldorf!

I had lunch with Michael earlier that day, and it turns out he is from my hometown (Roswell/Marietta, Georgia). Go Michael! 

I'm the first journalist to check out the new Dream Hollywood... and boy, do I have something to say

I'm the first journalist to check out the new Dream Hollywood... and boy, do I have something to say

Checked into the new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills... and I'm Floored

Checked into the new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills... and I'm Floored