The first Meatball Madness took place last night at the New York Wine and Food Festival, and judging from the attendance and the enthusiasm of the crowd it is fair to say that the event was a runaway success. Twenty-five of New York's top chefs competed—but when the smoke cleared Andrew Carmilini of Locanda Verde won the day, Here are some snapshots:
Judges (l-r): Frank Bruni, Jeffrey Steingarten, Gail Simmons
Michael White served the meatball from the Convivio menu.
The Little Owl's Joey Campanaro
Amanda Freitag of The Harrison
Dave Pasternack of Esca
Michael Lomonaco, Porterhouse New York
Cesare Casella of Salumeria Rosi
Bill Telepan served his mother's meatball recipe.
Mike Cirino and Josh Ozersky
The shy Ann Burrell.
Let's hear it for the band.
Pat LaFrieda, Lee Schrager and Mark Pastore
Meatball Madness winner Andrew Carmellini, Michael White, and Burger Bash winner Josh Capon. White shouldn't feel too left out—he won a few Michelin stars this week.