2014 Nantucket Wine Festival: Creekstone Farms Junior Top Chef Competition
The 18th annual Nantucket Wine Festival was held May 14-18 with a full lineup of luminaries from the world of food and wine, including New York Times chief wine critic Eric Asimov, master sommelier Dustin Wilson of New York City's Eleven Madison Park, chef Joanne Chang of Boston’s Flour Bakery + Café and Luminary of the Year Paul Draper of Ridge Vineyards.
Events included the Harbor Gala, Grand Tastings, La Fête, Great Wines in Grand Houses dinners and tastings, cooking demonstrations, food and wine seminars, the Culinary Marketplace, Breakfast on the Harbor, and the Junior Top Chef Competition.Newly added events include the Burgundy Luncheon and the Ruinart Champagne Brunch.The White Elephan Hotel overlooking the harbor set the backdrop for festival events including theHarbor Gala and the Grand Tastings.
Creekstone was the Premier sponsor of the Culinary Tent at the event as well as a sponsor the Junior Top Chef Competition. The Culinary Tent on Children’s Beach is home to many of the festival’s featured food events and is the place to be if you want to catch some of the All-Star Chefs in action. Seminars and marketplace-style events brought the tent to life with live cooking demonstrations and samplings of artisan foods and creative cuisine. Events include The Culinary Marketplace, Breakfast on the Harbor, Cooking Demos, various food and pairing seminars, the Junior Top Chef Competition and more.
The Junior Top Chef Competition featured four teams of culinary students that went head-to-head as they competed for the prize of a $5,000 culinary scholarship, presented by Creekstone Farms. Each team had 30 minutes to strategize with their Celebrity Chef Mentor, and then the clock staredt ticking. The teams were given a mystery basket of ingredients and had one hour to prep, plate, and present their dishes to the Celebrity Chef mentors for judging. At the end of the compeition, the winner was ___________.