Python Cook-Off to Raise Awareness about Ecology

MIAMI (AP) -- Python, wild boar and lion fish will be on the menu this weekend in Miami.

Three local chefs will participate Saturday night in a cook-off competition using the invasive species as key ingredients.

The goal is to raise awareness about how the animals impact South Florida's ecology -- and perhaps even generate an appetite for them.

Haven Gastro-Lounge executive chef Todd Erickson will be cooking braised python.

He told the Miami Herald the event will show how these animals can be a "viable food source."

The other chefs cooking to be named the "Best Invasivore Chef" are: Bradley Herron of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink and Timon Balloo of Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill.

Funds will also be raised for Fertile Earth Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to promoting environmental awareness.

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