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FPFC luncheon attracts large crowd

CERRITOS, CA -- Celebrity chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Sue Feniger, who bill themselves as the "Too Hot Tamales," were a big draw at the Fresh Produce & Floral Council's April 24 luncheon meeting, held here. 8Jan DeLyser of the California Avocado Commission is flanked by Too Hot Tamales (aka Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken).About 300 produce professionals attended the event.

The two chefs, who run the popular three-outlet Border Grill restaurant, gave a cooking demonstration using the ingredients that the luncheon sponsors had provided.

The chefs already have an affiliation with the California Avocado Commission, which was also a sponsor, so each of the dishes included avocados in one way or another. But they also used many other fresh produce items in creating a cocktail, salad, snack and main course.

Their irreverent style kept the crowd entertained during the 45-minute "cooking show." They revealed that those dishes represented leading food trends today, especially with the first three dishes. Chefs, they said, are always looking for new ideas to set themselves apart and exotic cocktails and unique salads are among the top ways they do it.