HATHORNE – Superintendent Heidi Riccio is pleased to share that Essex Tech will host the second round of the inaugural Wicked Bites and Chefs of the North Shore Pro Chef Competition.
Tuesday, Aug. 17, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School, 565 Maple St., Hathorne
The inaugural Wicked Bites and Chefs of the North Shore Pro Chef Competition seeks to elevate the North Shore’s culinary industry through fun and friendly competition.
Two hundred fifty-one chefs were nominated by the public for Round One Competition. Thirty-four chefs competed. Chefs must be at least 18, and work in a commercial or institutional kitchen in one of 51 communities ranging from the North End of Boston through the North Shore and Merrimack Valley.
Chefs were asked to prepare an appetizer, an entrée, and a dessert, in their own kitchens in the first round. Chefs were required to use specified ingredients in each dish. The entries were judged by an anonymous panel based on creativity in the use of those mandatory ingredients, the appeal of their description, ease of recipe, quality of photo and food styling, and overall appeal.
Eleven chefs were selected to compete in the second round.
- Chef Kristofer Adams, PPX Hospitality, Legal on Mystic
- Chef Liz Beals, Northeast Metro Tech
- Chef Jeremy Berninger, American Food Systems, Grassfields
- Chef Joe Carli, A Tavola
- Chef Danny Garcia, Eva’s Pastries Inc.
- Chef Graeme Gilchrist, Serenitee Group, Chancho’s
- Chef Louis Hubbell, Polcari’s, Pizzeria Regina
- Chef Dan Lane, Chef Dan Lane Catering
- Chef Eric LeBlanc, Red Heat Tavern, Burton’s
- Chef Jay Murray, Ellis Square Social
- Chef Donna Lebel Whelden, North Andover Country Club
The 11 finalists will compete at Essex Tech in challenges utilizing a massive pantry provided by “The Friends of the Chefs.” The chefs’ work will be judged in-person by a panel of Essex Tech staff members, based on appeal of the items’ description, visual appeal, taste and aroma. Multiple prizes will be awarded throughout the day.
Based on judges’ scoring, one Grand Winner and two Final Table recognitions will be announced.
“Essex Tech is thrilled to be hosting this event, and to host the best chefs on the North Shore in our kitchens,” Superintendent Riccio said. “We appreciate our partnerships with Wicked Bites and Chefs of the North Shore that are making this event possible.”
Those interested may learn more about the first-round winners at the Chefs of the North Shore Facebook page. The on-site event will be featured in a future episode of Wicked Bites.
Essex Tech and Chefs of the North Shore thank “The Friends of the Chefs” vendors who provided the food ingredients and prizes: Smithfield Culinary, Maple Leaf Farms, McCormick for Chefs, Rumson’s Rum, Sfoglini, Ghirardelli Chocolate Co., Costa Fruit & Produce, Horizon Beverage, Catania Oils, Stop & Shop Danvers, and AbilityReps.
This advisory is for planning purposes only. This event is not open to the public out of an abundance of caution due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Media members are asked to RSVP to Tom Zuppa at email@example.com. Attending media must follow all state COVID-19 guidelines regarding masking and distancing that may be in effect at the time of the event.