Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Kensington Woman to Compete in the Third Annual Latke Recipe Contest

Dori Fern will be competing in the Third Annual Latke Festival this coming Monday against 14 other chefs, all of whom are professionals. Dori won Edible Brooklyn’s reader recipe contest for her Double-Happiness Latkes topped with Five-Spice Duck Confit, which succeeded against 60 other submissions.

According to Edible East End editor and publisher of Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn Brian Halwell, the decision to choose Fern’s recipe above the others was not easy:

“People were stretching the very definition or notion of what ingredients go into a potato pancake,” says Halweil. “We had people put in all sorts of spices and flavorings and herbs into them and using different sorts of potatoes and mixing in different root crops.”

Fern’s recipe won because it put the latkes at the center of the eating experience:
Frying Potato Latkes

“She captured not just the locavore sentiment that’s part of the magazine, but a creativeness that elevates latkes from a side dish to something that’s the focus on the meal.”

The Latke Festival is co-sponsored by Great Performances and Edible Brooklyn and will take place on Monday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.