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Martyna Krowicka of Restaurant Latour Becomes “Chopped Champion”

Chef de Latour Martyna Krowicka of Restaurant Latour appeared on Food Network’s Chopped, beating out the competition and becoming a “Chopped Champion.”

Krowicka entered the kitchen against talented chefs from around the country. The appetizer round started with a basket of local chicken, pickled chilies, and Switchel, a water and vinegar based drink seasoned with ginger. Krowicka served the judges fried chicken wings with pickled baby squash, squash blossom, and pickled chile vinaigrette.

For the entrée, chefs were excited about the main ingredient, grass-fed lamb, but were thrown a curveball with gummy farm animals. Krowicka rose to the challenge, serving lamb goulash with aerated polenta, arugula, and gummy farm animal purée.

The competition came down to the wire with a dessert basket of corn, gooseberry, and duck eggs. Krowicka served corn on the cob pudding, gooseberry marmalade, goats milk foam, poppy seed streusel, and bruléed duck egg yolk.

Ultimately, chefs Amanda Freitag, Chris Santos and Marc Murphy named Krowicka the winner. To celebrate, a dessert inspired by the final course of her winning menu was added to the dinner menu at Restaurant Latour.

Krowicka brings a wealth of culinary insight and a respect for ingredients to the menu at Crystal Springs Resort’s four-star Restaurant Latour. She fell in love with cooking during her childhood summer visits to Poland, where she would spend many hours in her grandmothers’ kitchens.  She’d wake up early to fetch hen eggs and crisp up farm-fresh potatoes baked in the dirt from the night before. 

Under her guidance, Restaurant Latour remains one of New Jersey’s top dining destinations, retaining four stars in a Newark Star-Ledger review in 2016 and its place as one of New Jersey Monthly’s “25 Best Restaurants.”

To learn more about Restaurant Latour, check out their website.

The Taco Truck’s Monthly Especials: The Lengua Taco

The Taco Truck, with locations in Hoboken, Morristown, and Princeton, is celebrating the start of a new year with new menu items. The “Monthly Especials” will feature an authentic, unique, off-menu item, launching on the first of every month. #HipNJ has the scoop on January’s.

The first of the rotating especials will be The Lengua, or tongue, Taco. This taco, featuring slow adobo-marinated beef tongue, is a popular street food delicacy in Mexico.

Marinated for 24 hours, the beef tongue is tender before it is braised to perfection. The Lengua Taco is layered with lime-pickled onion and chipotle salsa on a stone-ground corn tortilla, making the perfect dish for those who have resolved to be more adventurous in 2017.

The Lengua Taco only costs $4.50 and is available at all locations. Hurry and get one, it’s available while supplies last!

The Taco Truck strives for authenticity, sustainability, hospitality, and a sense of community. Using high quality ingredients, unique recipes, and sustainable practices, it brings Mexican street food to New Jersey.

To learn more about The Taco Truck, head over to their website.