Mary Jo Shore
Moët Hennessy and the 2014 Sports Illustrated swimsuit models came together for a meat celebration like no other at "The Q," on Thursday, Feb. 20, in a tent behind the Delano, to kick off the 13th annual Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival.
Moët poured the bubbles, Creekstone Farms presented the meat, the celeb chefs tantalized taste buds and two dozen models brought the sizzle.
One of the most-sought-after events every year, this year's The Q did not disappoint – nothing says "South Beach Diet" like free-flowing bubbly and gourmet grilled meats. Throw in celebrity chefs such as Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, event host Michael Symon, Anne Burrell and Robert Irvine, and you've got one unforgettable evening.
The Q's flavor award was tied between Joey Campanaro (Little Owl) and Chris Santos (Beauty & Essex), which was a festival first. Each chef was awarded $500 for their charity of choice and received a trophy. Well, one chef got an "I owe you" as a second trophy had to be ordered due to the unexpected tie.
Other standout bites at The Q were Meat Market chef Sean Brasel's chipotle-glazed slow-roasted rib eye made with achiote French toast, pickled fresno chili and wild mushroom salad and Zakarian's BBQ cinnamon and pomegranate glazed pork ribs and Brussels sprouts.