Lo­cal chef Mike Clarke wins spot to com­pete for $10,000 this fall

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CLASSIFIEDS/FOOD -

The P.E.I. Savour Food and Wine Show, a pro­ject of the P.E.I. Res­tau­rant As­so­ci­a­tion (PEIRA), took place at the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre of the Arts re­cently, and it was truly a night of deca­dence.

2015 marked one of the most suc­cess­ful show's to date, show­cas­ing over 40 ven­dors. Lo­cal restau­rants Is­land-wide took part in the show fea­tur­ing their best culi­nary cre­ations and show­cas­ing their amaz­ing tal­ents. Nine­teen winer­ies, brew­eries and som­me­liers were there to com­ple­ment the food.

The com­pe­ti­tion for the P.E.I. Flavours Lo­cal Food Award was judged dur­ing the event on sev­eral com­po­nents; taste, recipes, and cre­ative use of lo­cal P.E.I. prod­ucts.

Three judges were se­lected, Chef Ilona Daniel, Tourism P.E.I. culi­nary am­bas­sador for "Ask An Is­lan­der", Writer/editor of G! Mag­a­zine, Mered­ith Mac­Don­ald and Alain Bosse, pres­i­dent of Alain Bosse Con­sult­ing Ltd and food editor for Saltscapes Mag­a­zine.

Chef Mike Clarke of Terre Rouge Bistro Marche was crowned the P.E.I. Flavours Lo­cal Food Award win­ner for the sec­ond year in a row. His dish fea­tured roasted P.E.I. pork cheek, seared scal­lop, rutabaga kim­chi, ap­ple kabayaki, shaved blude, and crispy dulse.

The cash prize of $500 is pre­sented by Harvest Whole­sale.

“Savour is one of our favourite events of the year. We went in with the mind­set of mak­ing a dish that peo­ple would en­joy, and to high­light the beau­ti­ful prod­ucts that P.E.I. has to of­fer, that's what's most im­por­tant.” said Clarke . “A spe­cial thank you to our sup­pli­ers and their amaz­ing prod­ucts who made our dish pos­si­ble, John, Joey, and the rest of the kitchen team who held down the fort while we're so for­tu­nate to at­tend.”

Clarke has re­cieved an au­to­matic bye to com­pete in the P.E.I. spot at the Gar­land Canada In­ter­na­tional Chef Chal­lenge at the Prince Ed­ward Is­land In­ter­na­tional Shell­fish Fes­ti­val Sept. 17-20 for a $10,000 cash prize.

He rep­re­sented PEI in 2014, com­ing in sec­ond place over­all against 12 in­ter­na­tional chefs. This com­pe­ti­tion is by in­vi­ta­tion only.

The Best of Show Awards pre­sented by The Guardian are de­ter­mined by the show at­ten­dees who get to vote for their favourite food and drink af­ter the show. they in­clude Best Hot Food: John Pritchard Cui­sine Best Cold Food: Fish­bones Oys­ter Bar & Seafood Grill Best Dessert: Ma­vors Best Wine: Ben­jamin Bridge Vine­yards Best Drink: Snow­fox Vodka Best Booth: The Ga­han House

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