The Great Chowder Cook-Off, the original and longest-running chowder championship in the country, took place at Fort Adams State Park on Saturday.

The 35th Annual edition of the Great Chowder Cook-Off was the largest in its history with 21 recipes chowder recipes award-winning chefs representing restaurants, catering companies, clam shacks, distributors, culinary schools and institutional dining facilities.

Participating Restaurants & Winners:

Best Decorated Booth – Open Season Catering (#8)

Most Spirited Team – Open Season Catering (#8)

Clam Category: 

3rd Place – Grid Iron Ale House and Grille (#4)

2nd Place Open Season Catering (#8)

1st Place – Hurricane’s Soup/Luke’s Lobster (#5)

Participating Clam Category Restaurants: Dan’s Place, West Greenwich, RI; DiMare Seafood, East Greenwich, RI; Greenwich Bay Oyster Bar, East Greenwich, RI; Grid Iron Ale House, Warwick, RI; Luke’s Lobster/Hurricane Chowder, NY/Maine; McGrath Clambakes & Catering, Newport, RI; Open Season Catering, Warwick, RI; Tommy’s World Famous Clam Shack, Warwick, RI; Waxy’s, Brookline, MA; Zambarano Hospital, Pascoag, RI; and Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School Culinary Program, Taunton, MA*.

Seafood Category:

3rd Place – Main Sail (#21)

2nd Place – Clifton Health Care (#24)

1st Place –  Bristol Plymouth Technical High School (#20)

Participating Seafood Category Restaurants: Bunratty Manor, County Clare, Ireland; Clifton Health Care Campus, Somerset, MA; Fire Works Catering, Providence, RI; MainSail at the Newport Marriott, Newport, RI; and The Boat Yard Bar & Grill, Newport, RI; Wharf Pub, Newport, RI; and Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School – Culinary Program, Taunton, MA*.

Best of the Best Category :

Grand Champion: Davenport’s Restaurant (Booth C)

Davenport’s Restaurant, East Providence & Cumberland, RI; Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar, Newport, RI; and Tony’s Seafood Restaurant, Cedar Key, FL. * Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School Culinary Program, Taunton, MA is competed in both the Clam and Seafood categories. This is the first time a competitor has attempted to participate in two categories in the same year.

The event also included the Newport Oyster Festival, live music and a variety of entertainment for all ages.

What’sUpNewp was proud to be a partner of the 2016 Great Chowder Cook-Off, other partners this year included Sea Watch, Stop & Shop, Heineken, Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Rob Levine & Associates, Matunuck Oyster Farm, Discover Newport, WPRI 12/Fox Providence/The Rhode Show, I Heart Radio Providence – 94 HJY and Coast 93.3, Fort Adams Trust and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.

Ryan M. Belmore

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