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A Look Back at the 2nd Annual America’s Hometown Throwdown Chef Competition

On October 8th, we held the Second Annual America’s Hometown Throwdown Chef Competition at the brewery and we are extremely grateful for all the individuals and businesses that came together to make this a successful event to benefit the Mayflower II Restoration Project.

The 8 Competing Chefs were:

Jes Childers from Port Bistro in Kingston
Stephen Coe from The Industry in Dorchester
Dan DeLancey from The Lobster Trap in Bourne
Stephen Day from Alden Park Bar & Grill in Plymouth
Brent Turner from The Tasty in Plymouth
Tyler Joubert from The Blue-Eyed Crab Caribbean Grill & Rum Barin Plymouth
Mike Wisdom from Baldies Craft Pizzeria in Lakeville
John Ricardo of Solstice Restaurant in Kingston

In addition to competing, each chef / restaurant brought food for attendees to enjoy!

In the first round, each of the 8 chefs prepared a dish for 6 judges in a half hour! They were free to choose any ingredients from the chef pantry supplied by Plymouth Farmers’ Market and Sysco plus they had to use Mayflower Beer! They were narrowed down to 4: Brent Turner, Stephen Coe, Dan DeLancey, and John Ricardo!

In the second round, each of these 4 chefs prepared a dish in a half hour with the surprise ingredient of pork jowl plus Mayflower Beer!  The 4 were narrowed down to 2: Brent Turner and John Ricardo!

In the final round, Turner and Ricardo each prepared a dish with TWO surprise ingredients: chicken feet and puffball mushroom plus Mayflower Beer of course!!! They knew they were getting one surprise, but we hit them with a second surprise because the puffball mushroom was just so awesome. (We were nice and added an extra five minutes to their cooking time.)

Both chefs final dish scores were extremely close, but in the end, John Ricardo of Solstice took the win for the second year in a row!!!! CONGRATS JOHN! Thank you to all of these incredible chefs and restaurants for participating and preparing amazing food for our attendees to enjoy at the event!

There were so many local businesses involved in making this day memorable and fun for all. We must extend our sincere gratitude to the following sponsors:

Pour Guys – for providing incredible bartending service in the tent!

Copy Clone – for printing all of our promotional collateral and the day-of schedule and maps

Andrew Chute – for keeping the vibe high with his DJ skills

Jake Hill – for MCing the event and keeping the attendees informed

Lobster Trap – for providing the oysters for our VIP oyster tasting

Arc Cardinal – for supplying official Throwdown pint glasses for our first 125 registrants

Rodney Strong Vineyards – for supplying 5 wines for attendees to enjoy

High Limb Cider – for supplying Hard Cider for attendees to enjoy

Dirty Water Distillery – for supplying spirits for 3 delicious cocktails

Plymouth Farmers’ Market – for supplying the chef’s pantry items

WATD – for the radio interview and commercial spots

Igloo Coolers – for supplying the door prize Infusion Cooler

Nolan Insurance – for the generous contribution towards the tent costs

Cape Auto Body – for your generous contribution towards the tent costs

KAM Appliances -for your generous contribution towards the tent costs

Brenner Signs – for printing banners to display our incredible sponsors and signs to display each of our amazing chefs and restaurants while competing

Edible South Shore – for the media sponsorship in the fall edition

Sysco – for your guidance throughout the planning process and contributions to the chef pantry

Chase Canopy – for the generous contribution towards the tent costs


We’d like to thank the following individuals for providing their culinary expertise and judging the competition this year:

Kathy Rudder – Food Historian at Plimoth Plantation

Farmer Dave Purpura – Plato’s Harvest and The Farmers’ Market

Paula Marcoux – Edible South Shore

Lynn Tripp – Johnson & Wales and The Farmer’s Table

Mary Adamczyk – Sysco Boston

Chief Botieri – Chief of Police, Plymouth


Thank you to each and every volunteer who helped make the event so fun, and to all of the attendees who bought tickets and came out to support these chefs! We had an absolute blast and have already been looking forward to next year!!!

Last but certainly not least, thank you to the photographers who have captured the day so that we can look back on all of the fun for years to come! Please click their names and check out their Throwdown Facebook albums!

Pedro Blanco Photography & Eggsy Photography

You can also check out the facebook live streams from Baldies Craft Pizzeria – Thanks Buddy!