"If you've been drinking today, raise your hand," Guy Fieri, the Food Network's bleached bro screamed at the opening of Boiling Point, his celebrity chef game show at the Grand Tasting Village on Saturday. The exhausted crowd of tipsy South Beach Wine & Food Festival foodies screamed in delight.
Finding drinks would not be a problem for Fieri's contestants, whom he divided into two teams: Sweet with Amanda Freitag, Jose Garces and Geoffrey Zakarian; and Sour with Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli and Aarón Sánchez. "Let's get started with some cocktails!" he cried as each chef got their glass.
Our grade: A (well worth the $)
What worked: The hilarious kitchen trivia and physical challenges like preparing an omelet blindfolded (Sanchez won with his "Omelet a la Sanchez") and making a margarita using ingredients buried in a box of slime. For the final game Fieri enlisted Marc Summers, host of '90s gross-out game show "Double Dare," to help out.
Losing teams would chose which audience member had to take a shot. "It's not fun if they actually want the shot!" Guarnaschelli noted.
What didn't work: Some corporate suit tried to put the kibosh on the rampant shot distribution. That didn't seem to work.
Quote of the night: "This looks like goblin piss!" Aaron Sanchez said of team Sweet's margarita. He still drank it.
By AMY REYES | firstname.lastname@example.org | Photos by Tomas Loewy and Amy Reyes