Deep-fried, frozen, sliced and diced â avocados attracted hundreds of people to the first-ever Avocado Takedown in Los Angeles.
The Association of Producers, Packers and Exporters of Avocados from Michoacan sponsored the event through its Avocados from Mexico campaign. The April 10 event was conceived by Matt Timms, according to a news release. Timms is known as the founder of âTakedownâ competitions for amateur cooks.
âIt was great to see the creativity of all the dishes which showcased just how versatile the avocado can be,â Emiliano Escobedo, marketing director for Avocados from Mexico, said in the release.
The event included 19 cooks with recipes ranging from avocado ice cream with pomegranate whipped cream to deep-fried avocados. The sellout crowd gave the Peopleâs Choice Award to cook Scott Gregoryâs âCowboy Bruschetta.â
Two official judges â Eric Boardman, host of âHungry Historians,â and another man known simply as the Guerilla Gourmet â selected a recipe for deep-fried avocados from Adam Angeles as the first prize winner. He won $500 for his efforts.
The other cooksâ concoctions included avocado cupcakes, pasta with avocado pesto, avocado filled steak, avocado ricotta gnocchi with spicy carrot curry sauce, avocado and bacon cheesecake, âavo tacosâ and chocolate avocado muffins.