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Gridiron Grill-Off 2018 Chef Spotlight: Chef Rey De La Osa

If you are a true Floridian, you have a huge appreciation for Publix! Chef Rey De La Osa is the Resident Chef for Publix Aprons in Plantation, FL. Check out his culinary journey and what he has to say about participating in Gridiron Grill-Off Wine, Food & Music Festival for his third year in a row!

I joined Publix in 1999 to work in customer service. While attending Johnson & Wales University, I worked at The Four Seasons Hotel in Miami. In 2008, I transferred to the Prepared Foods Department at Publix Greenwise Market in Boca Raton to pursue his culinary career. I began working at the Apron’s Cooking School in 2010 to share his culinary passion with others.  I am now the Resident Chef in our Plantation location. Together with the Apron’s staff, we want students to “learn to have fun in the kitchen!”

1. Who inspired you to become a Chef?

I’d say my mom inspired me as she can put a great meal together with just about any ingredients she had laying around. I also watched a lot of Food Network when I was younger back when it was just starting.

2. What nationalities or trends inspire your cuisine?

Having my Latin background, it’s my biggest influence however I like different ethnic foods. I love creating recipes that fuse 2 or more ethnicities.

3. What is one of your favorite ingredients and why?

I love garlic!!!! Obviously it’s very versatile but I find a way to put some garlic in anything. No one can disagree with some roasted garlic spread on a nice piece of bread!

4. Why did you decide to participate in the Gridiron Grill-Off on November 11?

This would be my 3rd year, participating. Personally, I believe in the great causes it helps support. The event is very well organized for the chefs and guests.

5. What are you looking forward to the most at this year’s Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine and Music Festival?

Where to begin? I look forward to working with Mark Duper once again. I’m really excited that it’s now a multi-day event with the concert series. The BBQ pit master competition is going to be really cool for guests to check out and taste some great food. Lastly the corn hole competition is a must!!

6. Any recommendations for those planning to attend the Gridiron Grill-Off for the first time?

Bring an appetite and plan on staying the entire day as there is lots to do. Make sure you download the Gridiron Grill off app and vote for your favorite! (It’ll be ours)

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Gridiron Grill-Off 2018 Chef Spotlight: Chef David Hackett

Who’s ready for some football & grilling!? We are revving up for our 3rd year attending the Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Music Festival on November 10, 2018 at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater – the ultimate celebrity culinary competition for charity. We would like to introduce one of the incredible chef’s dedicating his time and talent to support charity through the Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Music Festival, Chef David Hackett, the Director of Culinary & Executive Chef for the Biltmore Hotel.

Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago and a 1988 graduate of Chicago’s Washburne Culinary Institute, one of the best and oldest culinary schools in the country, located in the City of Colleges of Chicago Kennedy – King Campus. Chef Dave began his culinary journey at the very early age of 12, he has now been in the Hospitality Industry for over 40 years.

Chef Dave has been the Executive Chef of many prestigious properties and resorts such as the Westin Diplomat Hotel, Westin Charlotte, Mansion at Forsyth Park, Doral Golf Resort & Spa and the JW Marriott Dubai to name a few. Chef Hackett has competed and medaled in numerous ACF, Societe Culinaire Philanthropic, Geneva Association Culinary Art salons and NICA Ice carving competitions throughout his career both local and international; including the 1996 IKA Culinary Olympics and the 1998 Le Salon Culinaire International de Londres.
Chef Hackett is a professional member of the Chaine des Rotisseurs as Conseiller Culinaire Provincial for the Southeast Region, American Culinary Federation Active Member and a Lifetime Ambassador of the WACS Emirates Culinary Guild.
He continues to give back to the community and chairs “Chefs Up Front – Flipany” and “Chefs out of the Kitchen” charitable events throughout the year.

Learn more about Chef Hackett!

1. Who inspired you to become a Chef?

I did not want to be a chef at the beginning, I wanted to be architect. But once I started working in a popular steakhouse / rib joint on the south side of Chicago and I got to see how creative a chef could be and how many different mediums of food products to work with I was hooked. Chef Paul Young and the owner of the restaurant Karoly told my father I was a natural in the kitchen and I should pursue a career in the industry.

2. What nationalities or trends inspire your cuisine? (ie Thai, French, casual American, tex-mex)

Having worked and traveled throughout my career I have adopted a few to create my style of cooking (French is what your taught in school, Italian and Mexican is what I grew on and far east for its bold unique flavors and ingredients) Creating new foods is what I love most!

3. What is one of your favorite ingredients and why?

Sea salt and Fresh Cracked Black Pepper – simple and clean to bring out the best in food.

4. Why did you decide to participate in the Gridiron Grill-Off on November 10?

It is very hard to say no to John Offerdahl! He is a fantastic individual! Anything I can do to help support him and his foundation I am in.
5. What are you looking forward to the most at this year’s Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine and Music Festival?

Supporting John by making money for the foundation, having fun, networking and WINNING IT FOR THE 5th time with my longtime partner #25 Louis Oliver!! (2010 champ, 2011 champ, 2012 people’s choice champ and 2017 champ)

6. Any recommendations for those planning to attend the Gridiron Grill-Off for the first time?

Come hungry, pace yourself, have fun and enjoy a great time and vote for Chef Dave – The Biltmore Hotel!!

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Festival Madness

Food festivals are some of the most fun, eye-opening events you can experience. I mean, how can you go wrong with live music, games, food, and food-related events and contests? Here are a few of our favorite types of festivals, and why we love them so much!

Jerk Festivals

With Reggae and Calypso performances, watching arts and crafts being made and sold, jerk festivals are a great time! There’s plenty of food to eat and competitive jerk grilling contests to watch for some fun-filled family entertainment. These festivals take place all around the country at different times of the year, so you just have to keep an eye out for when they make it to your town!

Garlic Festivals

These festivals are always a blast. Usually held during summer, Garlic Festivals can be some of the most interesting and entertaining events you can attend. There are garlic-cooking contests, local vendors selling their crafts, and even cooking demos for the latest culinary techniques and trends. Garlic Festivals are kind of like the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, only smellier. And yes, this photo does say Garlic Ice Cream!

Chocolate Festivals

There is no place bigger in this country for chocolate than Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco. This year, from September 10-11, the streets of San Fran will be filled with the sounds of live bands, the smells of chocolate cooking demos and the sights of chocolate cooking contests. They’ve even got chocolate-inspired family activities, so the whole family can join in the chocolatey fun. This event takes place every year around this time, so if you’re on the West Coast in early September, be sure to head over to San Francisco for a treat!

Food & Wine Festivals

Perhaps our favorite type of festival, food and wine festivals have it all. Live music, celebrity cooking demonstrations, book signings, specialty shops, contests, wine tastings and food tastings. Two notable Food and Wine Festivals in Florida are in Epcot Theme Park in Walt Disney World, Orlando (September 30-November 13 of this year) and on South Beach in Miami (February 23-26, 2012). Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival is quite unique, in that it offers beverages and cuisine from 11 different countries and cultures. South Beach’s Food and Wine Festival is sponsored by Food & Wine Magazine and is a 4-day event, and is one of the largest, most well-known food and wine festivals in the country. This year, the turn out on South Beach was over 55,000 guests!

 It’s easy to see why these food festivals are so exciting. With everything they have going on at these events, it’s hard not to find something to do that you’ll enjoy. It’s especially fun for us here at ChefUniforms.com, because we get to see all of the chefs in their Chef attire, doing what they love to do! If you’re planning on hosting your own cooking demo at the next festival, make sure you’re comfortable and customized in your favorite ChefUniforms.com gear!

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