The 11th annual Worcester’s Best Chef competition took place at Mechanics Hall on Sunday evening, drawing enormous crowds to sample dishes from 20 local restaurants and three local high schools. Deadhorse hill’s Chef de Cuisine Robin Clark was awarded 1st place for Judge’s Choice, earning top honors for her almond cake with yogurt pannacotta, blackberry gel, caramelized oat tuile, and sherry gelees. The last time a woman received a Judge’s Choice award was in 2008. Other honorees included Brian Treitman (2nd) of BT’s Smokehouse and Ken O’Keefe (3rd) from the Publick House. The three chefs competed on stage in an Iron Chef finale that lasted from 7:15-7:45 p.m. O’Keefe was named the winner of the closing event.
About Sarah Connell
Sarah Connell is an educator, freelance writer and craft beer enthusiast from Worcester, Massachusetts. Sarah graduated from Fordham University with a BA in English and recently completed her M.Ed. at Boston College. Her new series, Pairings, is a column dedicated to the infallible union of food and drink. Join Sarah each month as she celebrates the beverages that enhance dishes she loves in and around Worcester.
Originally published: January 28, 2018