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The 3rd Annual America’s Hometown Throwdown Chef Competition

Every year after the dust settles from this incredible event, we like to take a look back at all the fun that was had! This year the event was held on September 16th, a bright, sunny and warm day (finally!) We teamed up with Plymouth Sunrise Rotary to benefit South Shore Community Action Council’s Food Resources Program which coordinates the collection, storage and distribution of emergency food relief for hungry people of all ages throughout the South Shore.

Chefs from local restaurants, from Plymouth and beyond competed and provided delicious food for attendees to enjoy:
Chef Jes Childers from Julians
Chef Stephen Coe from Swat Slow Food Truck
Chef Dan DeLancey from The Lobster Trap
Rob Goldrick from Salt Raw Bar & Fine Cuisine
Tyler Joubert from Mallebar A Modern French Brasserie and The Blue-Eyed Crab Caribbean Grill & Rum Bar
Victor Vieira from Tavern on the Wharf
Mike Wisdom from The Tasty

These chefs were narrowed down to 4 for the second round: Stephen Coe, Dan DeLancey, Tyler Joubert, and Mike Wisdom.  From there they were narrowed down to 2: Stephen Coe and Mike Wisdom.  Secret ingredients included razor clams and celeriac, plus chefs had to use beer in each one of their dishes. In the end, Chef Stephen Coe took home this year’s trophy! CONGRATS STEVE!

This year we were thrilled to have the Pour Guys host a bartending competition in between the rounds of the chef competition. 6 incredible local bartenders prepared signature cocktails and beer cocktails including: Christopher Almeida from The Tasty, Colin Dillon from Dillon’s Local, Nick Ghilardi from The Blue-Eyed Crab, Luna Jenkins from Tavern on the Wharf, Mark Marinelli from Mallebar Brasserie, and Matt Tiso from British Beer Company. Mark Marinelli and Matt Tiso moved on to the final round and each prepared a cocktail to pair with one of the final chef’s dishes. Congrats to Matt Tiso from the British Beer Company for taking the first ever America’s Hometown Bartender Throwdown trophy!

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:

KAM Appliances – for sponsoring our Beer Garden, which we were finally able to enjoy outside of the tent with sunshine this year!

Pour Guys – for providing incredible bartending service in the tent and organizing the first ever Bartender Throwdown!

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

Andrew Chute – for DJing and getting the crowd to go wild for the Final Countdown

Jake Hill & Jordan Chabot– for being the best MC Duo we’ve ever seen and bantering with each other all day

Lobster Trap – for stocking the chef pantry with seafood items

Arc Cardinal – for supplying official Throwdown pint glasses

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

Dirty Water Distillery – for supplying spirits for the bartender competition and Pour Guys bar

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 cooler and growlers

Cape Auto Body – 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 judges during the competition

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

Jackrabbit Design – for your generous contribution towards the tent costs

Cold Spring Club – for your generous contribution towards the tent costs

Brabo Payroll – for your generous contribution towards the tent costs

TriMark United East USA & Vollrath, Joe Dellemano – for donating items for the competition

Lirrawbarservice – for providing a raw bar and grill station this year

Solstice Restaurant – Chef John Ricardo won the competition the past two years and this year he stepped behind the scenes to help make this event the biggest and best it has ever been. Additionally, Solstice setup a table to provide additional delicious food options to our attendees.

Kineally Meats – for supplying food for the chef pantry

Dole and Bailey – for supplying food for the chef pantry

Pangea Shellfish Company – for supplying food for the chef pantry

Katsiroubas Produce Company – for supplying food for the chef pantry

Fitswell Apron Co/Weft and Warp Seamster – for supplying aprons for each competing chef

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

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

Matthew Foster – Writer, Edible South Shore

Jack Cocio – CEO, South Shore Community Action Council

Chef John Ricardo – Executive Chef, Solstice Restaurant

Chief Botieri – Chief of Police, Plymouth

We had a record number of volunteers to help make the event run as smoothly as possible this year.  It was an absolute pleasure to work with Plymouth Sunrise Rotary and South Shore Community Action Council so we definitely want to send out a HUGE thank you to both of these amazing organizations.

To every single attendee who bought a ticket and came out to support these chefs, bartenders, and restaurants: we love you too! We are thrilled to have had the biggest crowd yet for this exciting event! Thank you for buying food and drink tickets, for sponsoring SSCAC’s Backpack Program, and for being so enthusiastic throughout the entire event!

Last but certainly not least, thank you to the photographers for making sure to capture every single moment of fun and support throughout the day. Please click their names and check out their Throwdown Facebook albums!

Pedro Blanco Photography & Eggsy Photography