Taste of Waldorf with Jean Georges Vongerichten and Padma Lakshmi
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.
I had lunch with Michael earlier that day, and it turns out he is from my hometown (Roswell/Marietta, Georgia). Go Michael!