BOSTON, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Corey Comeau, Executive Chef of Boston's original sophisticated comfort food restaurants Stephanie's on Newbury (www.stephaniesonnewbury.com) and Stephi's on Tremont (www.stephisontremont.com), went head-to-head with his competitors and emerged victorious to win the $10,000 grand prize on the hit Food Network show, "Chopped" this evening.
In the "Octopus Attack!" episode that aired on Tuesday, October 12 at 10 PM ET, Corey had just 20 minutes to cook everyone's favorite cephalopod. His Grilled Octopus and Traviso Salad passed muster with judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Aaron Sanchez, and Marc Murphy in the first round. He then took a meat and potatoes approach to the Entree Round challenge with his Grilled Marinated Flank Steak with Pepino Melon Barbeque Sauce and Granola Potato Pancakes. And when Japan met Greece in the final Dessert Round, Corey's sweet surprise Feta Cheese and Shiso Leaf Custard with Grilled Pita chips and Gran Marnier-scented Adzuki Beans clinched the title for him.
"Competing on Chopped was an unbelievably unique experience; it truly put my skills to the test. And whether I'd won or lost I'm now a better chef for having done it," said Corey Comeau, Executive Chef of Stephanie's on Newbury and Stephi's on Tremont. "It was a total thrill to win and I'm taking my wife to New Zealand to celebrate!"
"We're absolutely delighted with Corey's triumph on Chopped," said Stephanie Sokolove Chef and Owner of Stephanie's on Newbury and Stephi's on Tremont. "With his skills, culinary creativity and expertise in bringing the best in sophisticated comfort food to Boston food lovers, there was never any doubt in my mind that he'd take the top prize."
About Corey Comeau
A talented young chef, Corey Comeau brings nearly 20 years of experience with him to Stephanie's on Newbury. He has spent years working in well known restaurants throughout the U.S. not only in the kitchen but also in the front of the house. After graduating from Newbury College in Brookline, MA in 1993 Corey came to Stephanie's on Newbury as a Sous Chef. He then moved to Arizona to study under renowned Certified Master Chef Walter Leible at the Royal Palms Inn and Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Corey returned to the Boston area to work as a Sous Chef at the prestigious Grill 23. From there he was offered his first Executive Chef position at Laurel where he honed his creative culinary skills. Before returning to Stephanie's in 2002 Corey was the Director of Restaurant Operations at Mariella Inn and Cottage's in Friday Harbour, Washington. Corey's food philosophy is "our job as chefs is to make food taste how it is supposed to taste," meaning that each individual ingredient should stand out on its own in any given dish. He uses nothing but the freshest of ingredients and specializes in creating dishes using seasonal ingredients.
About Stephanie's on Newbury/Stephi's on Tremont
Stephanie Sokolove, owner and chef of Stephanie's on Newbury (www.stephaniesonnewbury.com) and Stephi's on Tremont (www.stephisontremont.com), is the original founder of "Sophisticated Comfort Food" in Boston, serving great cuisine in a relaxed, inviting atmosphere since 1994. "Sophisticated Comfort Food" is the next generation of comfort food, blending traditional favorites with today's food preferences. Over the years, Stephanie's on Newbury has become one of the most popular and successful restaurants in Boston. Visit Stephanie at their Newbury Street location: 190 Newbury Street, located in the heart of Boston's Back Bay, or at their newest location: Stephi's on Tremont, 571 Tremont Street situated in Boston's South End.
Erin Vadala, Warner Communications
SOURCE Stephanie's on Newbury