First place winner Giancarlo Ferarra and Janelle Ledsma of Amalfi
Martin Foods presents The Epicurean Project.
Chef David Cordua, Cleverley Stone, Shannon Scott
Darlene Abdouch, Murry & Karen Penner
Bistro Menil chef Greg Martin
Shawn & Shelley Virene of a'Bouzy
Gracie Cavnar, Bryan & Stacey Christ
Betty & Michael Tapick
Amalfi chef Giancarlo Ferrara, Jeff Tapick
Taste sensation from a'Bouzy
What: The Epicurean Project
Where: Silver Street Studios
PC Moment: Eighteen of the city’s leading chefs heated up their burners and put their best skills forward for the evening of culinary inspiration, sponsored by Martin Preferred Foods and benefiting Recipe for Success. The second annual culinary industry and chef driven event drew more than 650 foodies, all intent on sampling (and voting on) the dishes prepared from a selection of more than 40 au courant ingredients provided by Martin Preferred Foods.
The chef’s competition was new this year and three awards were given based on taste, presentation and creativity. A fourth award was the People’s Choice honor. Italian restaurant Amalfi, manned by chef Giancarlo Ferrara, took both first place honors and the People’s Choice Award. Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill earned second place and Bistro Menil came in third.
Among those in the field of competitors were Russell Kirkham of Artisans, Sandro Scarafile of Sud Italia, Lulzim Shimaj of Arcodoro, Hassan Obaye of Le Colonial and Stephen Conklin of La Table. Among the vendors spicing up the competition were Nueske’s Meats, Rotella Bakery, Vontanini Sausage, Paris Gourmet, Jennie O Turkey and Maple Leaf.
Who: Recipe for Success founder Gracie Cavnar, Karen and Murry Penner, Darlene Abdouch, Cleverley Stone, Stacey and Bryan Christ, Shelley and Shawn Virene, Shannon Scott and Martin Preferred Foods’ Betty and Michael Tapick and Jeff Tapick.