Four Chefs to Face Off in Tofu Battle


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Tofu, a substance that can be everything and nothing, is the perfect ingredient for a chef battle. Thats why House Tofu, a Japanese brand, is sponsoring one on July 22 at the Astor Center. Ed Higgins, chef de cuisine at Insieme, Wylie Dufresne of wd-50, Erik Battes, chef de cuisine of Perry Street, and Akinobu Suzuki, the executive chef of Sakagura, will all prepare a sweet and a savory tofu dish. The winner gets $5,000.

Im thinking about doing what weve been doing here at Insieme, using old-world flavors to inspire modern food," says Higgins. I want to completely lighten up some of the old Italian recipes, maybe by using tofu as cheese in them. Dufresne is wary of talking. I dont see the upside of revealing what Im planning, he says. But it will be in the wd-50 style. We find tofu very interestingwe use it as a binding and bulking agent. Theres a lot we can do it with it. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Just email here with your name and number of guests.