Big Brothers Big Sisters Chef Challenge – Winners Announced!

May 5, 2013

As you all know, I attended The Big Brothers Big Sisters event on Wednesday, May 2nd where I watched as two of the greatest chefs in the Capital District faced off against each other in a Chef Challenge! Before I get into that, here’s a look at the People’s Choice participants who prepared samples for event goers to try, resulting in a final vote at the end of the competition to decide who will be competing next year against the challenge winner. The participating restaurants included: Jacob & Anthony’s, Prime at Saratoga National, Carney’s Tavern and Cafe Calabria.

Carney’s Tavern

Pork crepe

Prime at Saratoga National

Braised Short Rib

Jacob & Anthony’s

Lobster risotto

Cafe Calabria

Pork Tenderloin

After having a clear winner in mind, I placed my ticket in the Prime at Saratoga National jar and headed over to watch the beginning of the Chef Challenge! Without boring you all with each and every detail, I’ll just cut to the chase and show you what I managed to capture in my images.

Chef Ireland and Chef Schultz

Chef Ireland

Chef Schultz First Course

Chef Ireland's First Course

Chef Schultz's Entree

Chef Ireland's Entree

Chef Schultz's Dessert

Chef Ireland's Dessert

As you can see, the food looked delicious and according to the judges, it tasted just as good as it looks.

Jason Saunders of Prime at Saratoga National was named the 2013 People’s Choice Winner and will compete next year against this years challenge winner.

Chef at Prime Saratoga National

Each Chef had a fighting chance to win this competition, but when it came down to it, only one Chef could triumph. And the winner is….

Chefs shaking hands

John Ireland Wins

John Ireland Wins

Chef John Ireland! While the scores only separating Ireland and Schultz by two points, Chef John Ireland is the reigning champion for the second year in a row! As always, this event was lovely with lots of excitement around my favorite thing, food. I can’t wait to see the match-up next year as Chef Ireland puts his crown on the line to compete against Chef Jason Saunders. Until 2014!

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