Tyler Florence & Breville's Ultimate Sandwich Showdown

There is no greater joy for a committed foodie than to be beckoned to attend an event like the New York City Wine & Food Festival!  Last weekend, I was lucky enough to attend the Ultimate Sandwich Showdown sponsored by Breville USA and Hellmann’s Mayonnaise during the festival in the meatpacking district of New York. It was foodie heaven as 12 top New York restaurants competed for a $2500 prize for the best sandwich.

Celebrity Chef Tyler Florence of the Food Network kicked off the event by asking the crowd “Who knew you could have so much fun between two slices of bread?”  And fun it was as we sampled our way through the amazing and imaginative creations that some of the best chef’s in the city put together. Think melt-in-your mouth lobster roll, Korean-style short ribs with kimchee topped with fried egg, Pork belly pastrami and black angus meatball sub topped with fried shallots!  Heaven!

Tyler Florence Congratulates the Winners
After we sampled our way through the offerings, the attendees voted for their favorite sandwich and the winner, Blue Ribbon’s Bone Marrow and Oxtail Marmalade Sandwich with cucumber salad, was awarded the big prize.  The bite-sized creation was rich and sweet and hit all of the right notes. It was fantastic (and who knew that something with the words ‘marrow” and “oxtail” could ever taste so good?!)
Hellmann's Display

Another fun part of the event was the Hellmann’s booth where we were encouraged to create our own winning sandwich. I have to say, my roast beef and cheddar was topped with my personalized hellmann’s mixed with parsley, garlic powder, horseradish and parmesan cheese and it was fantastico. I could have been a contender!

Here I am posing with my very own Hellmann's recipe

Tyler Florence also took some time off from his hosting duties to sign copies of his newest cookbook “Tyler Florence Family Meal: Bring People Together Never Tasted Better”.  It is a great-looking cookbook with mouthwatering pictures and recipes that I can’t wait to try.

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