Congratulations are in order for Eddie Hernandez, executive chef of Taqueria del Sol, who recently won the top celebrity chef award for the Hot Tamale Cooking Contest at the Delta Hot Tamale Festival in Greenville, Miss.
According to Green Olive Media, "Hernandez served three kinds of tamales, including pork with salsa relish; fresh corn, with poblano chile and cheese; and a unique dessert tamale, filled with blueberries and golden raisins."
Although tamales are not usually on the menu, both the pork tamale and the fresh corn tamale will be specials at Taqueria del Sol’s Georgia locations, the week of November 4, during dinner service only.
Other participants in the celebrity chef tamale throw down included Michael Hudman and Andrew Ticer of Hog & Hominy in Memphis; Donald Link of both Cochon, and Herbsaint in New Orleans; and Rogan Lechthaler of the Downtown Grocery in Ludlow, Vt.
Last year, Greenville Mayor, Chuck Jordan declared the city the Hot Tamale Capital of the World. For more information on the Delta Hot Tamale Festival, visit hottamalefest.com.