The 2nd Maestro del Mar Chef Challenge tookÂ place at the exclusive International Polo Club in Wellington, one of the most magnificent locations in the series. The amazing chefs for Semi-Final #2 were Executive Chef Clay Carnes of The Grille Fashion Cuisine in Wellington, Executive Chef William Sellner of The International Polo Club Mallet Grille, Executive Chef Bret Hauser of JEY Hospitality Group & new restaurant Pizza Craft, andÂ Executive Chef Elmer Saravia representing BICE Ristorante on Palm Beach Island, all showcasing their talents for guests and judges. Guest Judges included:Â Manfred Schmidtke, Department Chair of International Baking and Pastry at Lincoln Culinary Institute;Â Maude Eaton of For the Love of Food; andÂ Libby Volyges of Libbyvision.com.
The winner of Semifinal #2 was Chef Clay Carnes with his dish: pan roasted spiced salmon with a passion fruit vinaigrette and a shaved fresh vegetable salad. Carnes a former graduate of The French Culinary Institute and ALMA la Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana, with his believe in “non-sense cooking” and secret ingredient – passion fruit, he crafted the winning plate. This was just another win following his victory on The Food Networks: Cutthroat Kitchen. This Chef is just full of passion and excitement towards his cooking we will keep anxiously waiting for his next big thing!