I Love Crabcakes!

Abigail Fellows from CommonWealth won best crabcake selected by this year's panel of judges

Abigail Fellows from CommonWealth won best crabcake selected by this year's panel of judges

Tonight I attended the fourth annual “I Love Crab Cakes!” competition and fundraiser in honor of Karen Cathey, who passed away last month to cancer. The event was hosted by the American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF) National Capital Area Chapter and Phillips Seafood Restaurant.  Chefs from seven local restaurants competed to win $2,500 to fund a culinary intern:
  • Nate Auchter/Lindsey Cort – Restaurant Associates
  • Scott Drewno – The Source by Wolfgang Puck
  • Abigail Fellows – CommonWealth Gastropub **won by judges
  • Hugo Gamino – Asia Nine Bar and Lounge
  • Rob Klink – Oceanaire Seafood Room * won people’s choice
  • Jamie Leeds/Nicholas Flores – Hank’s Oyster Bar Old Town
  • Barbara Ruangsongtawana – UAmerican Thai Seafood
  • Of those chefs who competed, Executive Chef, Rob Klink of Oceanaire Seafood Room won people’s choice. Abigail Fellows  from the CommonWealth Gastropub won favorite by the panel of judges. With her $2,500 winnings, she will be able to choose a culinary intern to work with her at CommonWealth.

    Last year, Cedric Maupillier, Chef at Central Michel Richard won best crabcake by the panel of judges and was voted the people’s choice – the first time a chef has ever won in both categories. Cedric served as judge this year at the competition.

    Beautiful Presented Crabcake by U American Thai Seafood

    Beautiful Presented Crabcake by U American Thai Seafood

    In addition, six students competed from three local culinary schools – Anne Arundel Community College, Art Institute of Washington, and L’Academie de Cuisine – for a $500 scholarship toward their education. The student, Heather from Anne Arundel Community College won.

    This year’s illustrious judging panel includes: past winners Andrew Evans from Thai Ki in Easton, MD and Cedric Maupillier  from Central Michel Richard; amateur winner and AIWF Program Committee Chair, Tom Reidy; Board Member and local chef favorite, Janis McLean of 15 ria;  Dennis Gavagan, Corporate Executive Chef, Phillips Seafood; Betsey Apple; chef Susan Callahan of the University of Maryland; and AIWF Board Member Nycci Nellis of Thelistareyouonit.com.  Ris Lacoste, former AIWF chapter chair and beloved chef, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies again this year.

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