PHOTOS: Here Are the Results from Wednesday Night’s ‘Top Chef’ Contest
Over 120 people gathered Wednesday night (March 20) at the HomeTask offices in Burien for the qualifying round of ‘Top Chef,’ along with 30-40 members of participating restaurants and film crews for each restaurant.
Guests voted for the “People’s Choice Award” and Food Critics voted on each dish as presented by each chef on the “Food Critics Choice Award.”
“Now, it is up to the public to decide by watching the videos that come out from this in the next couple of weeks and plan to attend the 2013 Burien Bites event on June 2nd,” said Jerrod Sessler, CEO of HomeTask.
Participating restaurants included:
- 909 Coffee & Wine
- Archie’s Mexican
- Bison Creek Pizza & Pub
- Chef 2 the Rescue – Joe Ladine
- El Fogoncito
- Emerald Cove Catering
- Mama Sambusa’s African Kitchen
- Mark Restaurant & Bar
- Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub
- Osteria de Primo
- Sidestreet Kitchen & Bar
- 1st place with 56 points – Mark Restaurant
- 2nd place with 51 points – 909 Coffee & Wine
- 3rd place with 44 points – Sidestreet Kitchen
FOOD CRITICS CHOICE:
- 1st place with 98 points – 909 Coffee & Wine
- 2nd place with 93 points – Joe Ladine of Chef 2 the Rescue
- 3rd place with 89 points – Sidestreet Kitchen
FOOD CRITICS BIOS:
Julia has lived in Burien for about 6 years. She is a food and wine enthusiast with special experience in fresh, healthy, family meals that are easy to make. She’s passionate about the health benefits of a proper diet and bringing that truth to light in her own work at home and abroad.
Candice Clem is a nutritional consultant in the local area. She combines that with a delight for exercise as a certified kettlebell instructor. She
loves to share the good news about eating in a sustainable way to balance blood sugar, avoid gut and systemic inflammation, and optimize fat loss.
Annie Easter is the mastermind behind Annieeatsclean.com. She enjoys re-engineering recipes from the 50’s era of fat, salt & sugar to a healthier genre of teaching and feeding people, including her family how to eat healthy yet delicious foods. She was taught to cook at a world class fly-fishing resort in Alaska, and was head chef at RimRock Inn for a tourist season. She teaches basic technique cooking classes privately.
Deanna’s love for baking and cooking first began when she sat upon a baker’s stool as a little girl. Her love for people grew in the midst of church
potlucks. Today, she expresses these loves creatively through speaking engagements and writing for her foodie blog at theoldhen.com, as well as hosting guests (including celebrities) at her award-winning B&B in the Snoqualmie Valley. Deanna has been seen on both local and national television in which her Saucy Balsamic Burgers have knocked ‘N Sync’s Joey Fatone to his knees. Besides her children, Deanna’s mud pie is one of the most beautiful things she has ever created.
Film crews have a week to complete and submit their videos for sharing. Once we have them loaded and ready for distribution on our YouTube channel, we will pass on that information. The film crews were all volunteer and are also competing for some amazing prizes. The result of all of this will be a) improved results for the restaurants of Burien; b) income for charities in Burien.
For more information, visit www.burienbites.com.
Following are photos shot by Michael Brunk at the event (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):