Enjoy this In The Kitchen guest article by Sincerely Miami’s Elizabeth Gonzalez, who got ready for the South Beach Seafood Festival with Executive Chef Demetrios Pyliotis of Poseidon Miami.
If we’re talking about South Beach Seafood – Chef Demetrios is at the forefront of the conversation.
The moment you walk through the doors of Poseidon, you leave Washington Avenue on Miami Beach and are taken across the Atlantic to Greece.
Everything from the décor, music, and of course the dishes, takes you away to the Mediterranean. Chef Demetrios Pyliotis opened Poseidon in 2012 with the mission to change guests’ outlook on Greek cuisine.
He does this by creating dishes using simple yet authentic and high quality Greek products such as:
- Whole fish from the Mediterranean Sea
- Feta cheeses
- …and olive oils straight from his home city of Kalamata.
Pyliotis entered the Miami Culinary scene in 2008 when he attended Le Cordon Bleu Institute and it’s no surprise that Chef Demetrios is a two-time Battle winner at the South Beach Seafood Festival’s Chef Showdown.
He will be defending his Battle Fish Title for the second time at this year’s event on October 20th. Pyliotis first appearance in the event was when he took home the win for the Octopus Battle in 2014!
Editor’s Note: The Chef Showdown assembles 16 of Miami’s top executive chefs for an evening of competitive cook-offs where YOU are the judge. In a perfect combination of competition level cuisine, tropically fresh cocktails, and live entertainment, the Chef Showdown tours guests through the best of Miami’s culinary scene. This is a CAN’T miss experience for all.
While most of us were pouring bowls of cereal or first learning to make sandwiches, Pyliotis was cooking eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes gathered from his father’s garden at the age of five. A young boy who was always hungry had to learn how to throw down in the kitchen!
Chef Demetrios shared with us the biggest challenge of the Chef Showdown:
“Judges have to understand the entire dish in one bite.
You need that one bite with all of the flavors.
Of course, there’s points for presentation and creativity…but it’s really the flavor.”
His #ChefShowdown dish is top-secret but after experiencing the Mediterranean Branzio, I expect to see him raise the Championship Title once again!
One of his favorite dishes to prepare is conveniently a guest favorite—the octopus.
I can honestly say, I walked into Poseidon not caring for tentacles. I had no intention of trying it.
My first experience with Octopus was a treat, and I walked out a huge fan of this dish.
Everything from the citrus-y and savory flavors, to the texture and presentation, completely changed my outlook.
Editors Note: There’s a reason Chef Demetrios is South Beach’s reigning CHAMP in both the Octopus and Fish Categories. If you’re on the fence about trying Octopus, make yourself a reservation at Poseidon and thank us later. If you’re an Octopus connoisseur and have yet to try Chef Demetrios’ authentic Greek preparation…you haven’t lived! You. Have. Not. Lived.
While I am a pro at consuming dishes, I’m not so great at creating them. With that, here are a couple tips from the Chef:
- Never throw away food, it CAN be fixed.
- Too salty? Add fresh lemon.
- Culinary cooking is not pastry cooking….
- Forget the quantities.
- Start with your main ingredients and add things like spices and onion little by little.
Get Ready for South Beach Seafood Week
Poseidon Miami is one of the 18 participating restaurants at #SobeSeafood Fest’s main event on Saturday, October 21st, and of course, don’t miss Chef compete the night before at the all-inclusive Chef Showdown!
Save 20% on tickets when you use Promo Code “SINCERELYMIA” – I recommend snagging the VIP Weekend Pass so you can catch both the #ChefShowdown and Main #SobeSeafood Fest in VIP Style!
Sea you there,