Food Fight in Atmore: State's Top Chefs Compete for Coveted "Best Chef of Alabama" Title

Apr 23, 2013, 14:54 ET from Wind Creek Casino & Hotel

ATMORE, Ala., April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ten of the very best professional chefs in Alabama will bring their sharpest knives, coolest nerves, and hottest techniques to Wind Creek's Culinary Studio as they compete to be named "Alabama's Best Chef" during a day-long competition Thursday, April 25th beginning at 10AM.

The invitation only event, sponsored by Alabama Gulf Seafood and Wind Creek Casino & Hotel, features top chefs from across the State who are known for their innovation, expertise and ability to consistently please palates.

"Alabama appreciates good food and great chefs," noted Jay Dorris, President of PCI Gaming which operates Wind Creek. "Narrowing this first competition to ten pro's made for some tough decisions, but we think this field of competitors is representative of the best in our State, and we are excited to see what they cook up on Thursday."

Each chef (or team) is asked to prepare four dishes made with one of the most commonly caught fish from Alabama's coast; Spanish Mackerel.  "This is a fish that a lot of people love to catch but not a lot of folks know how to cook really well," said Guy Lott, President of Sales Management Solutions and Sales and Support for Alabama Gulf Seafood.  "We hope that 'Alabama's Best Chef' will not only showcase our State's culinary professionals, but also inspire home cooks to prepare the Gulf's great fish in their own kitchens."  

Chefs competing for the title and a $1000 cash prize include:

  • Jack Baker, Corporate Chef at Cosmos Restaurant and Bar in Orange Beach, AL and Sam McLeod, Chef at Cobalt in Orange Beach, AL
  • Jesse Bell, Chef at Fire in Atmore, AL
  • Gary Garner, Owner and Chef at Garret's in Montgomery, AL
  • Jeffrey Hansell, Chef at Veranda in Birmingham, AL
  • Hayley LaShure, Chef at White or Red Wine & Gourmet Center in Fairhope, AL
  • Leo Maurelli, Chef at Central in Montgomery, AL
  • George Reis, Chef at Ocean in Birmingham, AL
  • Rudy Rudolph, Chef at Sunset Cork Room in Gulf Shores, AL
  • Wesley True, Chef at True in Montgomery, AL

Three judges will select the winner.  They are:

  • Bishop Chavers, Owner and Publisher of Alabama Magazine
  • Chef Sara Horowitz, finalist on the second season of Fox's "Hell's Kitchen" with Gordon Ramsey and second runner- up in the National BBQ Championship Series on Versus Network in 2006.
  • Tasia Malakasis, Owner and President of Belle Chevre, an award-winning cheese producer in Elkmont, Alabama and author of the cookbook Tasia's Table.

The competition begins at the Wind Creek Culinary Studio at 10AM Thursday, April 25th. The "Best Chef" will be chosen by 6:30PM.


SOURCE Wind Creek Casino & Hotel