Ricardo Zarate Can’t Stop Winning Things

Photo: Hadley Tomicki

Sorry Charlie, but we clearly see who will be doing all the winning around here in the foreseeable future. After we just declared this to be Zarate’s year for his Food & Wine win and Peruvian billboard campaign, Squid Ink hits us with the news that the chef took the belt in Hot Knives’ pro chef competition at The Grilled Cheese Invitational this past weekend. With his chorizo and lamb melt, Zarate defeated competing chefs including Walter Manzke and formidable grilled cheese champion Eric Greenspan. “It was like Zarate brought a bazooka to a wet noodle fight,” writes Elina Shatkin, of the chef who is soon to open his new restaurant, Picca. [Squid Ink]