Judging the Morgantown History Museum’s Best Chef Cook Off

I recently had the pleasure of judging the 6th annual Best Chef Cook Off, on Thursday, August 2, at Lakeview Resort in Morgantown. The event brought together six amazing local chefs to compete for the title of Morgantown’s “Best Chef” and best dish representing “Modern Cuisine”. Proceeds from the event benefited the Morgantown History Museum. 

I never knew that I could like anything more than cooking, but judging cooking competitions is definitely high on my list of favorite things. 

Awards and Participating Restaurants 

Table 9 took home the title of Best Chef for their rendition of General Tso Pork Belly. 

General Tso Pork Belly
General Tso Pork Belly (Photo courtesy of Sher Yip) 

Lakeview Resort won first place in the specialty category, Modern Cuisine, for their creative margarita spheres and Cuban tacos. 

Cuban Taco
Cuban Taco’s (Photo courtesy of Sher Yip) 
Margarita Sphere & Rum Truffle (Photo courtesy of Sher Yip) 

The restaurants receiving honorable mentions were: 

The Lake House 

Tenderloin Roulade Stuffed with Feta, Fire Roasted Pepper, Basil, Garlic, Spinach, and Topped with Cheese Cream Sauce – Rock Shrimp Cakes with Sriracha Dill Sauce (Photo courtesy of Sher Yip) 
Shredded Cucumber Salad w/ Strawberry Vinaigrette
Shredded Cucumber Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette (Photo courtesy of Sher Yip) 

Hill and Hollow

Hot Pickled Melon: Sous Vide Trout in Smoked Pear Balsamic, Persimmon Ponzu, Summer Sorrel & Pea Tendrils (Photo courtesy of Sher Yip) 

Morgantown Flour and Feed

Brisket and Pan Seared Scallops Crostini with BBQ Au Jus

And last but not least, my personal favorite, Bourbon Prime. I was absolutely blown away by the creativity of their biscuits and gravy dessert!

Steak and Eggs: Smoked and Confit Brisket, Creamy Coffee Cheddar, Bloody Butcher Grits, Sous Vide Egg, Glass Potato Chip
Steak and Eggs: Smoked and Confit Brisket, Creamy Coffee Cheddar, Bloody Butcher Grits, Sous Vide Egg, Glass Potato Chip (Photo courtesy of Sher Yip) 
Biscuit and Gravy - Butter Milk Banana Biscuit - Sausage Gravy Ice Cream - Crispy Sage - Maple Sugar Glass
Biscuit and Gravy – Butter Milk Banana Biscuit – Sausage Gravy Ice Cream – Crispy Sage – Maple Sugar Glass (Photo courtesy of Sher Yip) 

To see more work by talented photographer Sher Yip visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/54868484@N06/