Last weekend’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival was packed with chefs hosting demos, participating in talks and cooking special meals. But when their work was done, these stars of the food world took off their toques for towels, put on their beachwear and partied. Hard. From the short shorts of Chef Spike Mendelsohn’s Get Spiked volleyball tournament to the nip slip at Chef Art Smith’s Big Gay Ice Cream Social, here are some of the best moments of chefs on the loose in SoBe.
Todd Erickson, Johnny Iuzzini, Edward Lee and Spike Mendelsohn take us behind the scenes of Get Spiked.
Curtis Stone shakes it with a female audience member during his Grand Tasting demo.
Over at Get Spiked, Food Network Star season 8 winner Justin Warner gets shady.
Chef Art Smith pals around with Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman at The Big Gay Ice Cream Social, which Smith co-hosted with the owners of New York’s Big Gay Ice Cream to raise awareness for marriage equality in Fla. “We all just want to love and be free to love,” Smith said.
Anne Burrell makes a friend at the Social.
He’s no cake-eater: Duff Goldman tries a boozy ice cream sundae.
Star-packed run-in: Fresh from a run, Bobby Flay bumps into Giada De Laurentiis during her “Today” show segment.
Nip slip: Johnny Iuzzini (r) and Big Gay Ice Cream’s Bryan Petroff show a little skin at the Social.