Thousands of chowder lovers savored the sumptuous soups of not only the best chefs in Rhode Island but as far away as Ireland at the 36th Annual Great Chowder Cook-Off, held this past Saturday at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island. But they also had a job to do — to determine who was going to take home the coveted titles of “Best Clam”, “Best Seafood” and, new this year, “Best Red” chowder along with bragging rights and thousands in prize money.
The winners are:
The 2017 Best Clam Chowder
1st Place – Open Season Catering, Warwick, RI
2nd Place – The Woods Tavern, West Greenwich, RI
3rd Place – Crowther’s Restaurant, Little Compton, RI
The 2017 Best Seafood Chowder
1st Place – Nancy’s Barn, Ballyliffin, Ireland
2nd Place – Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School – Culinary Program, Taunton, MA
3rd Place – The Chapel Grille, Cranston, RI
The 2017 Best Red Chowder
1st Place – Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School – Culinary Program, Taunton, MA
2nd Place –The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar, Newport, RI
3rd Place – Greenwich Bay Oyster Bar, East Greenwich, RI
Most Spirited Team Winner – The Chapel Grille, Cranston, RI
Best Decorated Booth Winner – The Chapel Grille, Cranston, RI
“It was a memorable day for a lot of reasons as Open Season Catering from Warwick took the title in the Clam category after placing second last year while Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School was dethroned in the Seafood category by Nancy’s Barn from Ireland. However, we can’t feel too sorry for the students and their instructors as the school came out on top in our new Red category to give them two consecutive titles,“ said Michele Maker Palmieri, Owner and President of Waterfront Productions, the parent company of Newport Waterfront Events. “We couldn’t have asked for a more picture perfect day for the competition and we want to thank all our attendees, as well as our competitors, sponsors and media partners.”
The original and longest-running chowder championship in the country features the recipes of award-winning chefs representing restaurants, catering companies, clam shacks and culinary schools, as well as other fun ingredients including the Newport Oyster Festival, the Stop & Shop Culinary Stage, live music and a variety of entertainment for all ages. Competing chefs carefully prepare 100 gallons of delicious chowder and serve samples of their creations to the thousands of chowder loving festival attendees who also serve as judges.
Those who participated in the Great Chowder Cook-Off are as follows:
Clam Category – Charlestown Rathskeller Tavern, Charlestown, RI+; Charlie O’s Tavern, Narragansett, RI+; Crowther’s Restaurant, Little Compton, RI+; Greenwich Bay Oyster Bar, East Greenwich, RI*; Ocean Catch Seafood, Wakefield, RI+; Open Season Catering, Warwick, RI; and Woods Tavern, West Greenwich, RI+.
Seafood Category – Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School – Culinary Program, Taunton, MA*; Brix at Newport Vineyards, Middletown, RI+; Chapel Grille, Cranston, RI+; Nancy’s Barn, Ballyliffin County Donegal, Kinsale, Ireland+; Portsmouth Publick House, Portsmouth, RI+; Red Stripe, Providence and East Greenwich, RI+; and Revolving Door, Newport, RI+.
Red Category – Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School – Culinary Program, Taunton, MA*; Greenwich Bay Oyster Bar, East Greenwich, RI*; and the Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar, Newport, RI.
+ First time Great Chowder Cook-Off Competitors.
* Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School – Culinary Program, Taunton, MA and the Greenwich Bay Oyster Bar, East Greenwich, Rhode Island, competed in both the Clam and Red categories.
For more information on the Great Chowder Cook-Off, please visit www.newportwaterfrontevents.com.
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