Worcester's Best Chef 2015 was a tremendous success! Thank you to the chefs and their teams, our attendees, and our sponsors--we're grateful you chose to take part in our event.
CONGRATULATIONS to 2015 Worcester's Best Chef Winner Tim Russo of Volturno Pizza!
Judges' Picks--a three-way tie for first place (for the first time ever!):
Brian Treitman of BT's Smokehouse (Authentic New Orleans Style Gumbo with Rock Shrimp, Andouille Sausage and Chicken, Garnished with Head on Crispy Blue Prawns)
Tim Russo of Volturno Pizza (Oxtail Rotolo with Sliced Octopus, Arrabiatta and Salsa Verde)
John Saccomando of Anzio's Brick Oven Pizza (Scallop Sanguinaccio, Celery Root, Tangerine, Charred Scallion)
People's Choice Awards:
1st place: Christopher O'Harra of Flying Rhino (Sticky Braised Duck Leg over Ginger Wasabi Root Vegetable Puree and Sauteed Zucchini Paparadelle with Hoisin Glaze)
2nd place: Tim Russo of Volturno Pizza (Oxtail Rotolo with Sliced Octopus, Arrabiatta and Salsa Verde)
3rd place: Allen Granberg of Bella's Bistro Pan Seared Duck Breast over a Red Flannel Hash (Beets, Carrots, Fennel, Pears, Leeks, & Duck Sausage) on a bed of Creamy Polenta and Finished with a Drizzle of Frangelico & Espresso Reduction
WXLO Perfect Palate Award:
Chris Towne of Team Phoenix (Ricotta Cheese, Spinach Stuffed Raviolis, with a Shallot and Garlic Infused Olive Oil with a Blackberry Balsamic Sauce)
Tantasqua Regional High School--Limoncello Zuppa Inglese: alternating layers of limoncello-syrup soaked sponge cake, lemon whipped cream, lemon curd, and sweetened ricotta, topped with a raspberry coulis.
Speaking of schools, some of the WBC proceeds went to the culinary programs at Tantasqua and Worcester Technical High School. We are humbled...
Words cannot express the gratitude for allowing my students and teachers the opportunity for taking part in such a great event...my kids were beaming this morning and spoke of how much fun they had...this was such a great way to connect with chefs for Team Chef and the student-to-student dyn...amic between the two schools was great...it was as if they had been friends with each other for ever...
I love my job and find myself so proud of my students and my teachers on a regular basis...last night was just one more reason to be proud...Thank you and your entire organization for letting participate...
And our guests "won," too! Not just with good food but also some fantastic gift baskets.
Raffle Winners (not present when announced)
Winning ticket holders: Please contact Carole Donovan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Event
For 7 years, the Worcester’s Best Chef Competition has been promoting and the Central Massachusetts area as a culinary destination for foodies. With its vast array of culinary offerings, Central Massachusetts is rich with culinary expertise and creativity, and WBC’s main goal is to showcase that talent.
There are two categories of competition: Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice. As part of the People’s Choice Award, guests receive a tabbed wristband at registration, and they drop tabs for their top 3 picks after tasting their way through all of the competitors’ tables. The Judges’ Choice is Award is granted by the 7-member panel of judges, who vote their top 3 choices. Those 3 chefs are then invited on stage to compete live, Iron Chef-style, in front of the full crowd, on Thermador cooktops provided by Hudson Appliance. It all culminates in an exciting, suspenseful decision by judges as to which of the three will become Worcester’s Best Chef.
Another objective of the event is to assist in the development of up-and-coming chefs. Since its inception, the event has hosted high school culinary students who interact with and shadow the competing chefs. The students also receive a donation at the end of each year’s event. This year, Tantasqua Regional High School’s Culinary Arts program has been invited to share the event alongside Worcester Technical High School’s Culinary Arts students.
Valet parking, a paparazzi photo mob, balcony seating, coffee, wine tastings courtesy of Julio’s Liquors in Westboro, craft beer tastings courtesy of Harpoon, Blue Moon, Sam Adams and Wachusett Brewery, and a full cash bar are also part of the evening.
Come one, come all, and bring your appetite!
What does a VIP ticket get?
Opening Program Master of Ceremony Christina Andrianopoulos, producer and talk show host of City Vibes Metro, will host the VIP hour. VIP ticketholders enjoy a relaxing hour strolling through and interacting with chefs one-to-one, discovering their signature dishes and coveted culinary secrets from 4pm until 5pm before the event opens to the general public. Listen to the jazz trio "Players to Be Named Later" as you indulge in all the delicious samples. Experience VIP-only wines from a very exclusive California winery.
What Else is on Tap?
We have two fantastic demos on the schedule. Master Chef Wilson Wang of Baba Sushi will be performing a sushi demo (yes, you can do sushi at home!). Chef Kevin Williams of Ritualwill show you how to pull together a delicious braised short rib--the easy and fun way. He'll show you:
A. How to season and sear
B. A good polenta to go with it
C. A roasted broccolini accompaniment
D. How to create a homemade crème fraîche
Get your VIP tickets and join Chef Kevin Williams – and Master Sushi Chef Wilson Wang – for their incredibly spectacular and educational demos!
Jen Carter of the 104.5 FM WXLOmorning show and XLO afternoon host Rick Brackett will be your Masters of Ceremony beginning at the 5 o'clock hour.
Vote your palate in the People’s Choice competition, and taste through selections from nine prestigious wineries & craft beer brewers.