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March 13, 2012
This year restaurants took top honors in the annual Chowder Cook-Off (in years past sometimes a fire dept had whupped up on some local chefs). Over 300 people came to taste with spoons in hand in the 2012 Chowder Cook-Off Saturday. That crowd doesn’t just show up, they are part of the event. Every attendee purchases a ticket to take part in the chowder sampling. The Cook-Off is held every March by the Oriental Woman’s Club as a fundraiser.The 2012 chowder crowdTwelve cooks (some teams of cooks) each cooked up gallons of chowder. As an attendee, you simply wander to each table and get a sample cup of chowder. You enjoy (hopefully), and after sampling all the chowders cast your vote for the best. In addition, a team of judges (this year two chefs and TV weatherman Skip Waters) determine who they think is #1.
Skip Waters was both a judge and the MCThe 2012 Chowder Chefs
Silos Chris Daniels/Roland Pare
Toucan Grill Michael Gibson
Trawl Door Stephen Snow
Beth Larsen, Art Richards, Keith Bratcher, Ricky Miller, Sue Hiller, Bill Sternberg, Torey Neill, the Florence/Whortonsville VFD, and the team entry of Tonya Smith, Ben Reese & Tom Cochran.The 2012 award winners
Judges (blind tasting):
1st Place Trawl Door Restaurant – Chef Stephen Snow
2nd Place Silos Restaurant – Chefs Chris Daniels and Roland Pare
3rd Place Keith Bratcher (individual entry)
1st Place Silos Restaurant – Chefs Chris Daniels and Roland Pare
2nd Place Trawl Door Restaurant – Chef Stephen Snow
3rd Place Toucan Grill Restaurant – Chef Michael GibsonChef Stephen Snow of the new Trawl Door restaurant placed #1 by the judges, and #2 in the Peoples Choice Award.The Silos Chowder Team took #1 for the People’s Choice Award, and #2 in the Judges Award. From left chefs Roland Pare, Mooky, and Chris Daniels.Harbor Sounds provided the tunes for chowderin’ down.