Churchill Downs Chef Joseph “Jo-Jo” Doyle Describes Menu For 2010 Kentucky Derby

Posted by on May 1

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Tonight's most famous horse race, the Kentucky Derby, brings nearly 150,000 people to Churchill Downs to cheer their favorites to victory. One such onlooker has quite the task ahead of him. Chef Joseph "Jo-Jo" Doyle is the executive chef at Churchill Downs' Levy Restaurants and the official caterer of this year's Kentucky Derby. This is Doyle's second year as executive chef.

As early as last year, Doyle has been planning the menu for tonight's event. He says he has received inspiration from tried-and-true family recipes, especially from his grandmother. "Succotash was always big in my family. I took that family favorite, updated it a bit, and it's now on the Derby menu." He makes this dish with sweet onions, lima beans, and chickpeas.

Doyle is especially excited about a new barbecued concession dish called The Homestretch. He describes it as "a foot-long bun with BBQ pork topped with coleslaw and pickle slices, and BBQ beef brisket topped with banana pepper rings and French-fried onions. It comes with steak fries and is presented in a two-foot-long carrying case."

Other items on the menu include: Treviso marmalade with goat cheese crostini, seared diver scallops with Parmigiano-Reggiano and pancetta, and caramel sour cherry and peach crepes made with Woodford Reserve bourbon.

And of course, there will be plenty of traditional Mint Julep cocktails to go around -- thanks to over 2,250 pounds of locally-grown mint leaves.


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