“Most Interesting Chef in Houston” Wins Wine & Food Week’s Chef Of Chefs Battle

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Chef Paul Friedman, the Master Chef and CEO of Peli Peli restaurant, won the 2013 Waterford Crystal Chef of Chefs competition on June 8, 2013 at the 9th Annual Wine & Food Week, presented by H-E-B.

Chef Paul Friedman, the Master Chef and CEO of Peli Peli restaurant, won the 2013 Waterford Crystal Chef of Chefs competition on June 8, 2013 at the 9th Annual Wine & Food Week, presented by H-E-B. Chef Paul took home $5,000 cash and the coveted Waterford Crystal Trophy against some of the best Chefs in Houston. The Chef of Chefs competition was the feature event in the Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase, presented by Capital One Bank.

More than 2,000 food and wine enthusiasts packed the Woodlands Waterway Marriott to sample culinary creations from chefs representing 55 of Houston’s most popular restaurants and hotels including Uchi, Fleming’s, Churrasco’s, Brio, Hotel ZaZa and the Woodlands Waterway Marriott. Private Chef David Guerrero , the 2012 Chef of Chefs winner, won 2nd place with a Peruvian and Japanese inspired "Causita Cebichera Roll”, and Executive Chef Randy Evans of Haven won 3rd place with his Shrimp Beignet with Mint Marigold Tzaziki and Feta Creamed Spinach. In addition, Chef Michael Cordúa became the first inductee into the Wine & Food Week Chef Showcase Hall of Fame for his contribution to culinary excellence and innovation.

Chef Paul’s winning entry was “Bobotie”, a traditional South African cuisine resembling an English cottage pie. Introduced into South Africa in the 1600’s by colonists from the Dutch East India company, Bobotie is widely considered a “comfort” food and is served at all of the finest restaurants in South Africa. Incorporating a variety of unique and complex flavors from dried fruit, curry, spices and meat, the Bobotie’s flavors are represented by 4 different countries - India, England, France, & the Netherlands. Chef Paul’s winning dish is served at Peli Peli restaurant.

Chef Paul, frequently referred to as the “Most Interesting Chef in Houston” by his customers at Peli Peli restaurant, has published his second self-help/cookbook/spiritual journey book in his popular “From a Jew to the Stew” book series and was a finalist for a well-known reality show competition earlier this year. Viewed as eccentric and iron-handed by his staff, and gregarious and passionate by his customers, Chef Paul is a recurring motivational speaker for national food distributors, was a former dating show contestant and has been featured in several cooking features and competitions on local television. Chef Paul was also one of 60 Houston Chefs recently listed in the book, “Best Chefs America”.

Peli Peli restaurant is Chef Paul’s 58th restaurant and is the only South African restaurant concept in Texas. The menu features authentic South African cuisine along with steak, chicken and seafood favorites that are prepared in Chef Paul Friedman's South African fusion-style. Open since April 2009, Peli Peli has won several awards such as Best Service & Best Atmosphere – Readers’ Choice Award (Houston Press) and Best Romantic Restaurant – Click2Houston.com. Currently ranked the 11th restaurant out of 2,056 restaurants in Houston, according to tripadvisor.com, Peli Peli has garnered a reputation for being the perfect place for a date.

Press Contact: For information about Peli Peli, please contact Thomas Nguyen at 832-259-2448, 110 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite P, Houston, Texas 77070, http://www.pelipeli.com.

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