Chef Carlos Valdez Is Ultimate Chef New Jersey


With the secret ingredient of potato, Chef Carlos Valdez of The Oceanaire in Hackensack reigned supreme over Chef Josh Bernstein of Spuntino Wine Bar and Italian Tapas in Clifton to win at the inaugural Ultimate Chef New Jersey (formerly Ultimate Chef Bergen County) competition.

The finals and semi-final round for the event, which were delayed due to snow from last month, crowned the seafood-centric restaurant’s chef for the second time.

Chef Valdez was victorious last year in the final Ultimate Chef Bergen County competition.


This makes him the second two-time winner, Chef Adam Weiss (now at Due in Ridgewood) won in 2013 and 2014.

[photo source: Whole Foods Market Bergen]


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