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In this episode, Simone Montali, chef instructor at Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, and Anthony Haley, executive chef at Antonio’s Bacari and chef instructor at Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, face off to see who can recreate each other’s signature dish.
Each recreated meal will be judged on:
- Percentage of correct ingredients
- Similarities in flavor and plating
- Re-creation as a stand-alone dish
Chef Simone Montali: Mushroom-Prosciutto Cappellacci
Chef Simone grew up in Florence, Italy, and his Italian influence shows in his cooking. Focusing on pure, clean flavors, chef Simone believes in letting the ingredients speak for themselves. When he’s not cooking, you can find Chef Simone teaching at Cambridge School of Culinary Arts.
Mystery Dish: Mushroom-Prosciutto Cappellacci
Fresh pasta dough, mushroom, prosciutto, mascarpone, Parmigiano-Reggiano, onion, walnuts
Chef’s Choice Charity: Women’s Lunch Place
Women’s Lunch Place is a shelter that was founded in Boston in 1982. Located on Newbury Street, Women’s Lunch Place provides two meals a day, six days a week, to women experiencing homelessness, along with free medical services and other programs.
Chef Anthony Haley: Seared Scallop Bagna Cauda
Johnson & Wales graduate chef Anthony found his love for cooking at a young age while watching his mother and grandmother in the kitchen. Today, chef Anthony teaches at Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, and is the head chef at Antonio’s Bacari, a Venetian wine bar and restaurant, in Hyde Park.
Mystery Dish: Seared Scallop Bagna Cauda
Scallops, radicchio, chicory, garlic, anchovies, almonds, lemon
Chef’s Choice Charity: The Jimmy Fund
Established in Boston in 1948, the Jimmy Fund supports the fight against cancer through fundraising events, donations, and more that help to further groundbreaking cancer research.
Meet the Judge: Mark Farone
Chef Mark is a chef instructor at Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and has been cooking since he was 13.
Want to see who wins?
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