On Thursday, April 22, the Herculean chefs of three New York houses of hummus gathered at the Jewish Enrichment Center to throw down the hummus hammer in Birthright Israel Next’s N.Y. Hummus Throwdown.
Organizers Food Network and Birthright Next brought in Miriam Garron, one of Bobby Flay’s sous chefs on Food Network’s “Throwdown with Bobby Flay,” to help judge the contest. One lucky audience member joined Garron and Naama Shefi from the Israeli consulate to round out the panel.
It was a fierce battle and the crowd had the opportunity to taste each dish after the judging. I have to admit, I was secretly rooting for Einat Admony, owner and chef of Taim in Greenwich Village. She had competed against Flay last year in a falafel throwdown and the judges – shocking everybody, including Flay and his sous chefs – declared Flay the winner. Since then, she has gone on to win Food Network’s “Chopped,” so don’t feel too badly for her.
In the end, I found myself agreeing with the judges’ decision: Hummus Kitchen. Although the hummus was slightly warm (a result of what was likely an overheating food processor) it was creamy, included a few whole chickpeas, and it was drizzled with the restaurant’s signature green tahini.
The Big Lipowsky highly recommends it.