The Copa Jerez food and Sherry pairing competition is international in scope, attracting the top chefs and sommeliers from eight countries including Spain, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Japan. The winner from each participating country will travel to Spain in January of 2011 to compete in the international finals – a magnificent culinary event that will be judged by the world’s top food and wine experts.
The USA Finalists:
The Bazaar- Los Angeles; Often referred to as Spain's unofficial ambassador to the U.S., Chef José Andrés of The Bazaar is known for both avant-garde and traditional Spanish cooking. The Bazaar is famous for its playful atmosphere and sophisticated, Spanish cuisine. Team: Chef Joshua Whigham and Sommelier/Beverage Director Lucas Paya.
The Broadmoor- Colorado Springs; The Broadmoor has been known as an international culinary hub in the western United States since 1918, and its diverse range of restaurants offer everything from classic American cuisine to European fine dining. Team: Chef Bertrand Bouquin and Sommelier Timothy Baldwin.
Casa Mono- New York City; The menu at Casa Mono is sure to excite with the creative tastes of Chef Anthony Nusser and his team. Chef Nusser mixes classic dishes from his fishing village in Spain with a range of adventurous dishes, from cockscombs to pig's feet. Team: Chef Andy Sasso and Wine Director Ashley Santoro.
La Boca- Santa Fe; One of the most well-known restaurants in Santa Fe, Chef James Caruso’s restaurant uses traditional Spanish ingredients but succeeds in showcasing them with a completely different angle. T