As a James Beard award winner, it is no surprise that Jody Adams is one heck of a chef. She gained even wider national acclaim for her work on Top Chef Masters this spring. At her restaurant here in the Boston area, Rialto in Cambridge, she is known for her creative, and inventive dishes all while utilizing the freshest ingredients from our local farms. Yeah, you could say that Chef Adams knows her way around a kitchen....
In her most recent project, Chef Adams has teamed up with the great folks at Mezzetta Brand products by entering their Celebrity Chef Charity Sandwich Challenge. Mezzetta Brand is amazing company themselves, bringing us wonderfully flavorful and delicious Mediterranean based products such as glass packed olives and peppers since 1935. Of course their product line is much larger now, offering everything from Olive Oil to deli products.
Chef Adams is competing to win $10,000, which she will donate to one of my favorite charities as well- Share Our Strength. I spoke to you all about Share Our Strength in March and April as one of their most popular benefits approached- Taste of the Nation. Their work with children is beyond admirable, and I applaud Chef Adams for bringing so much attention to their worthy cause.
So you might be wondering- what IS Chef Adams making for this challenge? Her sandwich is titled Sesame Eggplant in Pita with Peppers, Walnuts and Feta- doesn't that sound fantastic? Creamy yet earthy eggplant with lovely tangy feta, luxurious peppers and lovely walnuts. It sounds amazing to me, like something I might even break down and use a recipe for! Even better-I'm in luck! Chef Adams and Mezzetta have posted the recipe on the contest website- please review it here. If it sounds good to you, vote for Chef Adams- the contest will be accepting votes until September 6, 2010.
That isn't all though- Mezzetta has opened up the contest for you to compete in as well! That's right- anyone, 18 years old or older, who is a resident of the US or Canada can enter their sandwich in categories of Hot, Cold or Vegetarian for a chance to win $25,000. Let that one sink in for a minute..... To be eligible you must use a minimum of 2 Mezzetta products in your sandwich (a list or qualifying ingredients is available on the website) and it must be on a bread product. Complete rules are found on the website, please read them thoroughly before entering! All entries must be received by September 6, 2010.
So let your brain go crazy- what great sandwich combinations can you come up with? And while you're on the website submitting your fabulous concoction- be sure to vote for Jody!!