Wine & Food items Week awards $5,000 to Chef Masaru Fukuda capping a Night of Culinary Artistry

An epicurean masterpiece it was. The 19th Annual celebration of Wine & Foodstuff Week concluded in The Woodlands with a $5,000 test presentation and ultimate closing ceremony capping off an remarkable 7 days of culinary and winemaking accomplishment and intersection of the arts for the concept Wine + Food = Art. Foodie mates, cooks, and winemakers from throughout the U.S. along with visible and undertaking artists all raised a glass in honor of this yearly food items fete. All whole, the 7 days showcased chef teams totaling far more than 125, 75 dining places, 500 wines, quite a few educational seminars, and numerous culinary occasions ranging from Rose’ Way, A Sweet Soiree to the sophisticated Females of the Vine Tasting, Luncheon & Panel Dialogue and culminating in the climatic and exhibit-halting Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase. A emphasize was the celebratory toast to long-time foodstuff journalist Patricia Sharpe, Govt Editor, and restaurant columnist for Texas Regular, who was inducted into the Wine & Foodstuff 7 days Hall of Fame.

The Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase was the top grownup evening out wherever visitors sipped from a variety of hundreds of wines and sampled dishes like, seared A5 Wagyu with charred shallots and a smoked onion béarnaise by Chef Ricardo Bravo of The Woodlands Resort, Tamal de Elote: clean corn tamal, corn product, esquites, cotija cheese, and corn husk by Chef Beatriz Martines of Xalisko and an Antelope Meat Loaf with a chili crunch demi-glace, pomme puree served with a fraise a smoked tomato vinaigrette by Chef Jeff Balfour of Southerleigh. These decadent bites ended up produced by 41 cooks competing for the Goya Foods Chef of Chefs Award judged by an esteemed chef and culinary-properly trained foodstuff media panel.


Chef Masaru Fukuda with Pacha Nikkei took prime honors which include a $5,000 hard cash prize together with the trophy offered by GOYA Meals for his Lobster Ceviche—poached lobster guanabana (soursop) leche de tigre, Peruvian corn, crushed cancha, cherry blossom powder & sweet potato air.
Second Place went to Chef Alex Au-Yeung of Phat Eatery for a steamed Lobster Dumpling with a sesame scallion aioli topped with pickled red onions, a bell pepper trio, shaved eco-friendly scallions, scallion oil, and a lime zest.
3rd location went to Chef Urvin Croes from Infini Aruba for a Tuna marinated in fermented seaweed served with pink lemonade cream, strawberry Pico de gallo and onion pop rocks.

“We experienced so considerably pleasurable this 12 months weaving inventive factors into our party line-up,” mentioned Wine & Food stuff Week Co-Founder Constance McDerby. With all the things from efficiency artwork portray to ballet to inventive wine labels. The art topic was so fitting since every person in this field can take this kind of satisfaction in what ever fills a glass or is plated for a guest. It’s why we have cherished putting on this 7 days-very long party celebrating all issues wine and food—the enthusiasm powering every development. We were being also thrilled to recognize a longtime colleague of ours, Patricia Sharpe. Not only is Pat an very proficient journalist with an extraordinary history, she has also been a guide choose on our culinary panel for in excess of a decade and 1 of only 6 folks to have obtained the Hall of Fame honor,” additional McDerby.

Mixing, mingling and munching in the group have been a who’s who of food stuff and wine superstars like Bayway Cadillac entrepreneurs Darryl and Linda Wischnewsky Joe Casiano, Sr. Internet marketing Supervisor with H-E-B Chef Urvin Croes from Aruba Chef Alex Au-Yeung with Phat Eatery Chef Paul Friedman, a past Chef of Chefs award winner, now with The Chef’s Table, Chef Fernando Desa with GOYA Foodstuff, Chef Thomas Perez with Plane & Stage and many additional. Culinary judges included Pat Sharpe, Government Chef Blaine Staniford, Chef Bart Black, Tanji Patton, Bravo Tv set Cutthroat Kitchen area winner Chef Nancy Manlove, Executive Chef David Denis, Chef Keisha Griggs, Chef José Hernandez, Culinary Institute LeNotre Program Director Stephanie Lamour, and Chef Sunil Srivastava.

Chef Masaru Fukuda with Pacha Nikkei is the 2023 GOYA Food items Chef of Cooks Grand Prize Winner.

Wine & Food 7 days supports charitable businesses these types of as New Danville and The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council. Food items & Vine Time Productions has elevated properly more than two million pounds by means of several channels for nearby charities in excess of the years.

Make programs to show up at the Platinum Wine Vault August 17 at Bayway Cadillac and the H-E-B Wine Walk at Market place Street on October 6. For additional information, visit



Wine & Foodstuff Week, made by Food & Vine Time Productions, is the first multi-day, multi-faceted, detailed spot culinary and wine celebration in the Houston Metro.  Homeowners Clifton and Constance McDerby are dedicated to showcasing the culinary expertise in the Houston metro while welcoming terrific cooks from across the globe who share their enthusiasm for flavors.  They also are committed to extending their appreciate of wine by showcasing the flavors of the winemakers, growers, and producers who provide a time-honored custom of the flavors of the vine.   Food & Vine Time Productions designed another 1st with the state’s to start with multi-working day craft beer spot and educational party that includes more than 300 craft beer alternatives.  Brewmasters Craft Beer Pageant which celebrated a ten years of craft beer activities was named #3 beer function in America by United states of america Today and #1 in Houston by Houstonia Magazine.  Meals & Vine Time Productions offerings contain Katy Sip N Stroll, Houston Chronicle Culinary Stars, Nach-Yo Regular Tequila Tasting Tour and a myriad of personal events for various clientele. Because its inception in 2002, Meals & Vine Time Productions has assisted in increasing well about two million pounds for neighborhood charities by stay and silent auctions and hard cash donations.