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