Dear Bacon Nation:

In the spirit of the impending mayoral run-off election, we are here to report the winners of our own “internal” democratic process!  Due to a combination of circumstances, no Facebook voting was required this year to narrow down the field.  But, before we do, a few reminders:

A dwindling supply of tickets for our Friday Dinner session remain for sale.  Buy them here!

A new contest was announced last week – The Baconfest Chicago 2015 Bacon Poetry Contest.  See the details and enter here to win!

Speaking of cocktails, have you bought your tickets yet for the 3/31 Bacon Month Kickoff Cocktail Party at The Berkshire Room?  No?  You can! Buy those here!

Alright! That’s enough of that!

We we are pleased to announce the 6 finalists of the Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats Baconfest Chicago 2015 AMATEUR COOK-OFF.

Ranked alphabetically:

2015 Finalists:

Rebecca Duxler  – Bacano Italiano

Joe Goz – Bacon Apple Vol-au-Vent  w/Maple Bacon Hot Cocoa

Andrea Naseef – Double Dark Chocolate Chip Bourbon Bacon Cookies

Hipolito Sanchez – Smoked Duck and Honey Bacon Pie with Bacon Crust

Diane Tesmer – Grand Mariner BACON Jam

Amy Wozniak – Bacon Scallion Pancakes

A Reminder to the 6 Finalists.  You are required to do the following:

  • Attend Baconfest on April 17th (Friday Dinner Session) as guests of Nueske’s and Baconfest Chicago.  (You will be given one contestant pass and two GA tickets for your friends).
  • Arrive at 6:30 pm for contestant orientation and you will be escorted to a private backstage room for prep.
  • Bring 5 or more tasting portions of your dish to be served to a panel of selected judges.
  • Be present for the Golden Rashers Awards ceremony circa 9:00pm when the winner of the Nueske’s Bacon Amateur Cook-off will be announced and presented with a Golden-Rasher Trophy (plus some prizes from Nueske’s t.b.a. – but I bet Bacon will be involved.)
  • NOTE New for 2015:  Nueske’s will provide you with bacon a week PRIOR to the event to use in your dish (if you want it.)

Parameters of your dish:

You are welcome to bring any equipment you may need with you (please run large, plug-in, or fuel powered devices past us first).  In the prep area you will NOT be given facilities to cook your dish on site from scratch.  We will have a microwave on site for heating, and you will be given time to set presentation prior to serving.  Take this into account when planning your recipe!  We will provide plates/flatware for serving.  Beverage pairings are acceptable.

One more shout-out to our Sponsor Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats.  Their generosity (and great bacon) fuels this cook-off and Baconfest Chicago!

Thanks Nation.  And thanks to all those who took the time to submit.