CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati food scene is about to get a jolt to remember. When the Cincinnati Food and Wine Classic kicks off in Washington Park on September 12, it promises to charge the local food culture with the kind of electricity that will light up the region for the nation to see.
For two days, an unprecedented gathering of local and national food and wine talent will push the cuisine of the Midwest to the forefront. The area's specialties--old and new--will take center stage through cooking demonstrations, tastings, competitions and seminars.
After the grand opening on September 12, select chefs will throw down their best pork-inspired dishes to try and win the Pork Chopped competition. Francis Lam, who judges cooking competitions on Bravo TV's Top Chef Masters, and the new spinoff, Top Chef Duels, will reprise his role in Cincinnati's Pork Chopped.
When he's not judging on television, Lam serves as editor-at-large for cooking and lifestyle publisher Clarkson Potter. His other works have graced national publications like Lucky Peach, Food and Wine, and Bon Appetit. Lam's writing has earned him a James Beard nomination and an International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) award.
Recently, I caught up with him over the phone at his home in New York.
More about the Cincinnati Food and Wine Classic:
Sept. 12-13 at Washington Park
Get tickets: Two events are already sold out
WCPO Insiders can read what Francis Lam thinks of Cincinnati's cuisine, and why he believes American's are become foodies--from coast to coast.