Hop Chef Season 2 took place last night at Maumee Bay Brewing Company in Toledo, Ohio. Local chefs presented a delicious 6-course beer pairing. Each chef was assigned a course and the best course was won by popular vote.
Competing Chefs included: Chef Anthony Hoye (Plat 8), Chef Joe Felix (Toledo Museum of Art), Chef John Kerstetter (The Adam Street Cafe), Chef Jake Henry (The Hollywood Casino/Final Cut), Chefs Brian Miller & Chris Zatko (The Blarney), and Chef Tony House (Maumee Bay Brewing Company/Rockwell’s).
The MC for the evening was Ariyl Onstott, Emmy-Winning Journalist at WTOL 11. She kept the audience engaged with her vibrant personality. The event also had a panel of local celebrity judges join in on the fun. The attending judges included: Steve Reamy (Host of Love my 419 on Channel 13), Tim McMahon (Host of BCAN’s Four One Nosh), Morgan Alexander Kosinski (Host of NBC 24 WNWO’s What’s Going On), Saundra Irvine (Host of The Fat Cat Cooking Show), and last but not least, me!
After 6 courses, the winners were crowned! First place went to Chef Jake Henry from The Hollywood Casino for his amazing Oscar Seared Scallop. Second place went to Chef Tony House from Maumee Bay Brewing Company for his very delicious Pineapple Upside Cake.
Proceeds of the event benefited the work of Food for Thought, a Toledo-based nonprofit dedicated to feeding those who are food-insecure in our area through 10 mobile food pantry locations and a weekend PB&J lunch outreach for the homeless. Learn more about Food for Thought at feedtoledo.org
Photo Credit: Sage Price (Instagram @sage.kimani)