Executive Chef Jason Weiner was awarded first place Monday at the third annual Latke Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, co-hosted by Great Performances and Edible Brooklyn.
His winning potato latke is based on a family recipe passed down by his grandmother, with house-smoked bluefish, goat yogurt and dill, containing all locally sourced ingredients.
The panel of judges included Michael Arad, the architect and designer of the National 9/11 Memorial; Melissa Clark, a cookbook author and New York Times contributor; Mitchell Davis, the vice president of the James Beard Foundation; Cathy Erway, the author of "The Art of Eating In"; Karen Hopkins, the president of BAM; Marty Markowitz, the Brooklyn borough president; Nazli Parvizi, the mayoral commissioner of the Community Affairs Unit of New York City; Mimi Sheraton, a former New York Times restaurant critic; and Rachel Wharton, the deputy editor of Edible Brooklyn.
There were 15 contestants, all New York chefs, including Bill Telepan of Telepan, Julian Medina of Toloache, Alex Raji of Txikito and La Vara, Robb Garceau of Great Performances, Ron Ben-Israel of Ron Ben-Israel Cakes, and Saul Bolton of The Vanderbilt. The contest took place the same week as the start of Hanukkah, during which it is tradition to serve latkes.
Almond is a Parisian bistro-style restaurant in Bridgehampton, which moved from Montauk Highway to the corner of Main Street and Ocean Road this year.