There can only be one winner (illustration)
VIDEO – Ashkenazi and Sephardic cooking go back centuries, but the two are distinctly different from one another. At the fourth annual Gefiltefest at the London Jewish Cultural Center, cooks from both sides have taken part in a competitive cook-off.
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The Ashkenazi and Sephardic teams had one hour to create an egg and a potato dish.
From the offset, the atmosphere was tense as the Sephardic kitchen was a man down, leaving Eran Tibi to fend for himself, whilst Simon Goldhill and Josh Zaitchek were in the Ashkenazi kitchen.
Despite personal favorites, the panel of experts judged each dish fairly. And despite the high culinary standards, there could only one winner: The Sephardim were crowned kings of the kitchen with a dish that won the heart of many of the audience.
So the first ever Ashkenazi-Sephardic cook-off at Gefiltefest was a success, in particular highlighting the rich variety of Jewish cuisine.