State’s culinary ambassador wows ‘em in Panhandleby Dara Kam | April 20th, 2011
After 200 million gallons of oil and 1.5 million gallons of dispersants flooded into the Gulf of Mexico last year, tourism and agriculture officials are struggling to get the word out that Florida’s coast is as beautiful – and safe – as ever.
Enter Justin Timineri, the state chef and “culinary ambassador,” who showed off his craft at Bayou Joe’s after the panel returned from their angling adventures.
Timineri, who works for Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam as the state’s certified executive chef, is a former governor’s mansion chef who in 2006 beat out Bobbie Flay in a Food Channel competition.
Timineri’s winning recipe would make any diner salivate. He nailed the best domestic seafood dish in the country for his crispy pan-seared Florida snapper over a citrus and shaved fennel salad with a passion fruit and coconut milk sauce garnished with green mango jam and Florida Gulf shrimp.
The Cabinet’s fare was a tad less refined last night – they supped on fried fish – until dessert time.
Timineri concocted a trio of Sunshine State-style sweets: Chocolate mousse with an orange cookie, a martini glass with Florida berries and a vanilla and orange-scented custard, and Florida melon salsa-scented with lemon and lavender.
It’s enough to make even a Cabinet member salivate.