Culinary Whizzes Choose Favorite James Beard Foundation Dish

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Recent quiz results from found that a majority of respondents were especially interested in tasting the Sherry Vinegar-Marinated Mackerel with Mango, Cilantro, and Scallion Sauce featured at "Spain's 10: Cocina de Vanguardi," a benefit dinner for the James Beard Foundation. Nearly 80 percent of the culinary enthusiasts also expressed interest in preparing their own Spanish dishes. -- a response-driven Web site and authority on pop culture and culinary trends -- reports that "Are You a Culinary Whiz?" ( quiz respondents are especially interested in tasting Sherry Vinegar-Marinated Mackerel with Mango, Cilantro, and Scallion Sauce. The dish was featured at the culinary event of the season, "Spain's 10: Cocina de Vanguardi," benefiting the James Beard Foundation in New York on Thursday.

The quiz included four of the event's featured Spanish dishes and polled participants as to which they would most like to try. Along side the Marinated Mackerel (59.7 percent), featured dishes included Smooth Veal Terrine with Pickles (17.1 percent); Sweet Senia Rice with Fresh and Smoked Eel, Cherry Balls, and Wild Rosemary Flowers (10.7 percent); and Cherry Gazpacho with Queso Fresco Snow and Anchovies (9.7 percent).

"Cooking is a combination of art, craft, and innovation," Spanish chef, Ferran Adrià said; as quoted on the James Beard Foundation Web site. "These are the tools of the cook's creativity."

When the culinary enthusiasts of were quizzed if they had ever prepared Spanish cuisine nearly 40 percent chose "yes -- bring on the olive oil and Spanish wine." Another 40 percent selected "not yet, but I'd like to try it;" and the remaining 20 percent answered either "no -- Spanish cooking does not appeal to me," or "maybe -- do all appetizers count as tapas?"

The benefit dinner celebrated the extraordinary talent of the chefs at the forefront of contemporary Spanish cuisine. Renowned Spanish chefs Ferran Adrià, Juan Mari Arzak, and Martín Berasategui cooked together for the first time outside of Spain on Thursday.

The James Beard Foundation, named after the famed American chef and food writer, is a not-for-profit organization based in New York City dedicated to celebrating and preserving the culinary heritage of the United States. attracts thousands of users every day to response-driven Web sites that cover trends in parenting style, personal growth, fashion, food, music, home ownership, education, and more. Chatterbean and its associated Web sites can be found at


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