“Competition” in the culinary arts is such a sketchy word – so subjective, and to us, all 24 chefs are Winners with a capital W. But we did do a ballot for “Best Tasting Bacon Dish Period” as well as an internal Ballot for “Most creative use of Bacon” – and there were some other Golden Rasher awards handed out.
And the “Piggy goes to…….(insert drumroll)”:
SHIFT 1 – Golden Rasher Winners:
Most Creative Use of Bacon: Chef Roger Herring of SOCCA for his “triple bacon veal meatballs and asparagus with a lemon thyme bacon sugo.” www.soccachicago.com
Best Tasting Bacon Dish Period: Chef Jared Wentworth of LONGMAN AND EAGLE for his “Bacon Waffle with brown sugar bacon ice cream – garnished with candied dehydrated bacon.” www.longmanandeagle.com
SHIFT 2 – Golden Rasher Winners:
Most Creative Use of Bacon: Chef Patrick Sheerin of THE SIGNATURE ROOM for his “Bacon in the style of Pastrami, kimchee coleslaw and crispy rye.” www.signatureroom.com
Best Tasting Bacon Dish Period: Chef Chris Lateano of THE SOUTHWATER KITCHEN for his “Bacon Rillette”s, coddled egg dressing, pickled ramps and bacon fat griddled brioche croutons.” www.southwaterkitchen.com
Additional Golden Rashers went to:
Bridget Fallen – Winner of the Bacon On-line Poetry Contest for her Poem “Hot Streaks”
Tina Bennet – Winner of the Nueske’s Amateur Cookoff for her “Bacon strip cookies.”
Photo: Tina Bennet
Paul Kim aka MC SIZZLE - Winner of the Youtube Bacon-music-video contest for his song “Sizzle, Sizzle, Pop, Pop”.