Good Food on Montford Executive Chef wins local version of Food Network’s “Chopped”

Good Food on Montford Executive Chef wins local version of Food Network’s “Chopped”


In an intense, nearly two-hour long kitchen battle, Larry Schreiber and sous chef Kieran Gonzales used their quick thinking and creative culinary skills to win the crown at Salud! earlier this week.  Salud!, the cooking school at Whole Foods Market, invites local chefs to compete in “Sliced” once a month.  In front of a room of about 20 judges on Monday night, Schreiber and Gonzales competed against Chef Allen Evans of Corkbuzz and his sous chef for the evening, Adam Spears of Local Loaf.  The premise of Sliced is much like the Food Network show, “Chopped.” The contestants create an appetizer, entree and dessert with a “mystery basket” of three ingredients presented to them before the timer started for each course. In addition to the mystery ingredients, they are able to use anything they could find in the Whole Foods pantry.


For the first course, Chef Larry used the mystery ingredients of smoked whitefish, drunken cherry tomatoes and black pepper crackers to create a smoked whitefish cake (similar to a crab cake) with drunken cherry tomato salsa.


Second course, the mystery ingredients were bangers, grilled corn and Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall’s UFO White brew. Chef Larry came up with a stew of bangers, corn, carrots and chickpeas, garnished with cilantro.

Finally, for dessert, Chef Larry pulled out a menu item from Good Food on Montford. The mystery ingredients were biscuit dough, a smoke and stout caramel chocolate bar and applewood smoked salt. Using the biscuit dough, Larry made a chocolate rugelach and a peanut butter hamantash (both traditional Jewish desserts). He then mixed peanut butter with vanilla gelato to top the cookies with peanut butter gelato. The hamantash is on the menu at Good Food right now, with strawberry compote and lemon ice cream, so you can try his inspiration for one of the winning dishes!


Larry Schreiber is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Schreiber has been the Executive Chef at Good Food on Montford since 2014.

Award-winning chef Bruce Moffett opened Good Food on Montford in 2009. It was a semi-finalist for the James Beard award for Best New Restaurant in 2010.










Liz Wohlrab
Finding and sharing hidden gems from Charlotte's lively bar and restaurant scene.

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