Python, wild boar and lion fish are on the menu this weekend in Miami as local chefs compete in a cook-off using the invasive species as key ingredients. The goal is to raise awareness about how the animals impact South Florida's ecology — and perhaps generate an appetite for them.
Chef Todd Erickson will be cooking braised python. He told the Miami Herald that Saturday's event will show how the animals can be a "viable food source." Funds in the "Best Invasivore Chef" contest are being raised for the Fertile Earth Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting environmental awareness.