If you have been reading the blog long enough you will know that I won last years Chef Showdown at the Sun Wine Festival. The Chef showdown is an iron chef like competition, on stage at the Grand Tasting event of the festival. Last year the format of the competition was a two day single elimination contest creating a dish using two mandatory ingredients. Round 1 had four chefs going up against each other, the top 2 winners moved on to round 2 and had a mystery box and 1/2 hour to create a dish for a panel of celebrity judges. Last years judges were, Roberto Donna, the Ambassador of Italian Cuisine , Chef Johnny Vinczencz "Johnny V" & Michael Aeyal Ginor who is co-founder, co-owner, and President of Hudson Valley Foie Gras and New York State Foie Gras, and what I believe is the best foie gras produced in the world.
Last Years Wining dish:
Contessa Poached Shrimp
spaghetti squash, wild mushroom, hatfield pork sausage hash
apple cider 2 ways: gel & air
I have been invited back this year!! January 17th,2009 to defend my title. This years required products are: Contessa Shrimp, and Hatfield Pork. Come by the Sun Wine Festival next Saturday for a fun filled day of food, wine and of course at 1:45pm the competition begins. This year its a one day, one round contest. Only one chance to come home the Chef Showdown winner this year!!