Smoked Pork Tostada by Chef Clay Carnes of Cholo Soy

Smoked Pork Tostadas by Chef Clay Carnes of Cholo Soy

Smoked Pork Tostadas are what we are talking about today, as we remember our eating frenzy from this past weekend at the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival. The Smoked Pork Tostadas came to us from Chef Clay Carnes of the recently opened Cholo Soy Cocina in West Palm Beach. Topped with tangy pickled pineapples, chiles and a secret ‘cholo sauce,’ these tostadas certainly packed a punch with the flavors and textures – hitting all of our taste sensations – and made for our favorite bite of the night.

The smoked pork tostada wasn’t the only chef creation that came out a winner for Chef Clay Carnes on Sunday night. He also took home the crown for winning the 10th Annual Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival Chef Throwdown, after triumphing over Jamie Steinbrecher of Okeechobee Steakhouse and David Tower of Coolinary Café. The mystery ingredient this year was bone marrow.

It’s been a winning year for Carnes, who also took home the crown for the popular, Delray Chef vs. Chef culinary competition and Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen: Time Warp Tournament.” The win during the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival sent Carnes home with a $10,000 check. He chose to donate this money to a great cause in Ecuador that supports autism through music and art.

Did you miss Carnes’ winning dishes at the Grand Tasting event? Well, you haven’t missed out on everything, as Cholo Soy Cocina serves up an outstanding selection of tacos highlighting locally-grown ingredients,  non-GMO corn tortillas made in-house and complementing Andean-American selections in his 600 sq-ft indoor space and outdoor courtyard in West Palm Beach’s Antique Row.

Cholo Soy Cocina ( is located at 3715 S. Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach; 619-7018. The restaurant is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and for dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 5 – 9 p.m.