Thursday, June 27, 2013


Celebrity chef and Food Network star Bobby Flay will challenge James Beard-nominated Chef Andrew Araneo of Drew’s Bayshore Bistro in Keyport, New Jersey to a “Voodoo Shrimp” Throwdown-style cook-off today.

The Throwdown is co-hosted by “Stronger than the Storm” (#STTS) and by The Keyport Bayfront Business Cooperative.

Chef Flay, revered for his signature grilling skills is challenged to recreate Chef Drew’s Bayshore Bistro’s signature “Voodoo Shrimp” dish, featuring Gulf shrimp in a spicy Worcestershire cream sauce served over jalapeno corn bread.

“I am looking forward to a Throwdown with an outstanding chef at a superior establishment, but am also excited to help spread the word that the Jersey Shore is back in business and open for the summer!” said Bobby Flay.

Open to the public, the cook-off will take place in an outdoor, beach kitchen, in front of the Garden State’s foodie fans today, Thursday, June 27 at 2:00 pm. Doors open at 1:00pm.

Celebrity judges including singer and star, Gloria Gaynor, NBA star, Darryl Dawkins and James Oseland, editor-in-chief of Saveur magazine, a food and drink writer, and judge for TV’s Top Chef Masters, will taste the creations and determine a favorite.  
James Oseland, Editor Saveur & Top Chef Masters Judge

Billy Harris, comedian, will emcee today’s Throwdown.

Harris is noted as “the ‘go-to guy’ in the culinary world, hosting events with Mario Batali, Rachael Ray, Todd English and Michael Symon.
Harris is on-site eating and drinking at such established foodie festivals as South Beach Food and Wine Festival, The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, and Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans and now at the #STTS Throwdown.

The celebrity judges will do a taste test of Chef Bobby Flay’s on-the-spot, copied creation against Chef Drew’s hometown original

Food enthusiasts also have a chance to win one of Chef Bobby Flay’s coveted autographed cookbooks.

And no stranger to eating and food, New Jersey’s Governor, Chris Christie couldn’t pass up an opportunity to attend the culinary event.  The Governor will attend today’s Throwdown.

Keyport is a 1.5 square mile town that is the Gateway to the Jersey Shore, and is home to 28 eateries, 25 of which were destroyed or washed away during Superstorm Sandy, including Drew’s Bayshore Bistro.   
Keyport's Dennis McNamara, Master Gardener (& tall man!) shows Sandy's water line in relation to Bayshore Bistro's vertical garden he produced. Some plants survived - & hanging gardens should be back in business soon!
All but two of the closed businesses have reopened. Chef Drew Araneo was forced to relocate and rebuild after the Superstorm dumped more than five feet of water into the restaurant. With no flood insurance, Drew’s was reliant upon the goodwill of the surrounding community.

“The resilience that the community showed is proof that we are Stronger than the Storm,” said chef Araneo.

“We are thrilled to have Chef Bobby Flay come down the shore and pay tribute to the strength and resilience of New Jerseyans,” chef Araneo added.

Visit the Keyport Stronger Than The Storm Happenings Facebook page for more information and fun food community for the #STTS Throwdown.

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