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.
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
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.
Ming Cao (who pedaled his bicycle from Boston to attend the competition)
Certificates of participation
To see where these chefs work, please refer to THIS ARTICLE.