Chef Travis Szerensits of Uncle’s Hawaiian Grindz was chosen winner of AAUW’s 8th Annual Food Fight. Held at the Vandiver Inn in Havre de Grace, the 36 judges had a difficult time selecting the winner from the other three participants – Chef Bryan Boessel of One Eleven Main, Chef Stephen Seth of Silks Restaurant at Bulle Rock and Chef Jacob Nelson of Black Eyed Suzie’s. “The enthusiasm for Food Fight grows each year,” says committee chair Janine Seadler, “and it was evident in the beautiful inn where approximately 70 spectators also watched the creativity of the chefs.” Alaina Pippett of Alaina’s Gourmet Creations was the color commentator and HCC Professor Wayne Hepler was the announcer.
The chefs worked with the five secret ingredients of chicken thighs, rhubarb, expresso, okra and gochujang along with a pantry of a variety of items to create an appetizer and main course in just 60 minutes. “Seeing first-hand the culinary genius and artistry our local chefs have is a joyous gift,” says Mignion Faretta- Cotton, one of the judges. Eleven-year-old Antonio Fuggitti, who was a judge for the third time, says that he liked how even though Chef Travis didn’t know what he was going to cook, he seemed not to be worried about it. Photo by Bob Allen.