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Myrtle Beach Culinary Competitions Winners

Chef Sean Thomas of Myrtle Beach won the title of SC Seafood Chef of the Year with Pan Seared Tile Fish over Shrimp Andouille Risotto with Caponata and Broken Tomato Vinaigrette. Photo courtesy Chef Sean Thomas.

By Becky Billingsley

Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, Myrtle Beach – The South Carolina Seafood Chef of the Year and the winners of certified American Culinary Federation competitions were announced on Jan. 31 at the Myrtle Beach Area Convention Center.

 

South Carolina Seafood Challenge

 

South Carolina Seafood Chef of the Year – Sean Thomas, executive chef at Capriz Italian Feast in Myrtle Beach. This is the third year of the seafood challenge. In the first and second years, Chef Thomas took second place.

 

With this first place win Chef Thomas earned $1,000, a customized trophy plate, the title of South Carolina Seafood Chef of the Year and a trip to New Orleans in August to compete in the National Seafood Challenge.

 

Chef Thomas’ winning dish was Pan Seared Tile Fish over Shrimp Andouille Risotto with Caponata and Broken Tomato Vinaigrette.

 

Chef Eric Masson of The Brentwood in Little River took second place in the seafood challenge with Potato Encrusted Triggerfish over leek fondue with Champagne beurre blanc and garnished with trout caviar. Photo courtesy Chef Masson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second place in the Seafood Challenge went to Eric Masson, chef/proprietor at The Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro in Little River. He earned $500 and a plaque, and if Chef Thomas for some reason can’t compete in the national challenge, Chef Masson will take his place.

 

Chef Masson prepared Potato Encrusted Triggerfish over leek fondue with Champagne beurre blanc and garnished with trout caviar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACF Wild Card Competition

 

Gold medal

 

Charles Gardiner, Inn on Biltmore Estate, Ashville, N.C. He also earned a check for $1,000. He made Butter confit potatoes with a mushroom ragout, salsify puree, glazed carrots with braised pork shoulder and roasted pork shoulder.

 

Robert Murray, Cape Fear Country Club, Wilmington, N.C. He also earned a check for $500. Chef Murray received two gold medals, because he recently lost his grandmother, and he is putting one medal in the casket with her.

 

Silver medal

 

Dalane Stewart

Justin Mooney

Danny Smith

Brian McGee

Mark Andrews

Sean Thomas

Eric Masson

Brian Campbell

 

Bronze medal

 

Steve Allen

Larry Carl

Ming Cao (who pedaled his bicycle from Boston to attend the competition)

Michael Gadson

Robert Stegall-Smith

Richard Hartnett

Henry Mills

Greg Peasgood

Kenric Hunt

Michael Celmar

 

Certificates of participation

 

Luke Dowdy

Gabe Gratto

Tanaka McMillan

 

 

To see where these chefs work, please refer to THIS ARTICLE.


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