Congratulations to Chestnut Executive Chef Brian Crow for winning both the Food Critic's Award and the People's Choice Award.
Brian's appetizer highlighted Three Graces Diary Ramp Chevre placed on a rhubarb chip, with local strawberry and micro basil.
Special thanks to all of our competitors this year. The competitors are members of the WNC Cheese Trail.
Each chef was asked to prepare an appetizer that:
People's Choice Award - 100 festival attendees met with the chef's and sampled each of the chef's creations. They then voted on their top choice.
Food Critic Award - The Food Critic voting was a blind tasting based on a point system with three judges from our local food community who were sequestered during their voting. We share our thanks for judging this year’s competition with Stephan Pruitt from DIG Local, Mackensy Lunsford from Asheville Citizen Times and Kipper Schauer on-air personality.