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From March-July of 2011, Brooklyn Brewery and The Food Experiments traveled to Austin, New Orleans, Washington DC, Philadelphia and Boston to crown five amateur cook-off aces. In September, these culinary masterminds journey to Brooklyn to compete in The National Championship against a selection of the borough’s All-Stars.

Check back all this week leading up to the big event for Experimental Profiles in Courage on the contestants.


[DC champs Tacoistas]

What is Tacoistas (Gerald Zavala & Sandra Hanna)? Team Tacoista has a basic, revolutionary principal: keep their slow cooked carnitas tacos simple and authentic. Chef Gerald Zavala is a Texas transplant willing to stop at any taco stand and his wife (and super sous chef) Sandra Hanna is native New Yorker turned Washington DC attorney ready to throw down in the kitchen. The team borrowed its name from the Zapaitas to emphasize that delicious “peoples” food can be both accessible and modern.

What was your “Favorite Experimental Moment? Watching our two young daughters work the crowd at the DC Taco Experiment asking people to “Go to table 26 and eat daddy’s yummy tacos.” We were told they were very convincing marketers.

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