Competition showcases top embassy chefs


( Lamb shashlik with marinated onions from the Kazakhstan Embassy’s chef. /Tim Carman)

The Judges’s Award goes to Danish chef Lars Beese for his smoky asparagus soup and roasted duck breast with plum chutney. The People’s Choice Award was brought home by chef Jose Luis Fernandez from Peru for his ceviche.

The annual competition pits the best international cooking talent from 13 embassies around the District including China, Venezuela and Uzbekistan. The friendly contest raised money for charity and attracted about 400 guests.

The judges were some heavy hitters including James Beard winner Ann Cashion, “Top Chef” contestant Spike Mendelsohn of Good Stuff Eatery, Tamesha Warren of The Oval Room, and the Post’s own Joe Yonan.

The Post’s Tim Carman live tweeted the event.

For more from today’s Food section, check out Lamb with a following (the first installment of a new monthly column on locally sourced ingredients), tips on creating Passover desserts, and how to start the grilling season off right.

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