If you were looking for the epicenter of the food and cooking world one recent morning, there was no need to look further than the “Paul & Young Ron Show.”
Celebrity chefs Emeril Lagasse and Guy Fieri hosted the show’s annual cook-off between Paul Castronovo and “Young” Ron Brewer, with the “Iron Chef”-style competition judged by Cat Cora, Tim Love, Bryan Voltaggio, Howie Kleinberg, and Rick Moonen.
The two were given a random sampling of items and had thirty minutes to create a meal once the main ingredient was revealed. In a bit of an upset, Brewer’s “Lobster Tropicale” was judged superior to Castronovo’s “Mediterranean Surprise,” although the competition was not without controversy, with allegations that Brewer’s winning entry was primarily prepared by a sous chef from Florida International University.
The competition took place poolside at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel and was part of the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival.