Top Chef Suggestion: Yellow Pepper Paste

Top Chef Suggestion: Yellow Pepper Paste

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Sarah Rae Smith
May 5, 2011

Recently I had the opportunity to poke my head in at the Top Chef Tour as it came through Kansas City. The idea? Past Top Chef contestants go head to head in cities across the country in a live Quick Fire Challenge. The twist? Each chef was able to bring a single special ingredient! Can you guess who brought this pepper paste along to the party?

Food Spotting and Bravo are taking Top Chefs across the country and visiting farmers markets and the like. This time the face-off was between Chef Hector Santiago and Nikki Cascone as they had a beef dish to prepare in just 15 minutes..

The afternoon was quite delightful and the smells inside that open-air tent were simply amazing, due in part to Hector's Yellow Pepper Paste from Tradiciones Andinas. It was sweet and spicy and did amazing things for the smell and taste of the food presented. Although we were unable to find anywhere that sells it online, it is from a major distributor here in the US, so look for it next time you're out shopping wherever you buy your ethnic goods!

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(Image: Sarah Rae Trover, Too-Hectic)

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