Calling all fans of lamb! Lamb Jam Seattle is baaaack and better than ever. The third annual event features 20 Seattle area chefs preparing different cuts of lamb and vying for the top trophy in each cut (loin, shank, leg and shoulder) and the overall Best in Show.
The chef that wins Best in Show will win a trip New York City to battle with their winning dish for the title of Lamb Jam Master. Last year’s Seattle winner, Chef Mark Bodinet of Copperleaf Restaurant at Cedarbrook Lodge, recently competed in New York at Lamb Jam Masters (against Best in Show winners from Lamb Jam Boston, San Francisco and Washington DC) and took home the People’s Choice Award for his Grilled Lamb Should Confit with Creamy Parsnips and Perserved Huckleberries.
At this year’s Lamb Jam Seattle event, 10 food-centric media judges will blindly taste each dish and rate on presentation, creativity and taste. This year’s judging panel includes:
Connie Adams – Editor, SeattleDining.com
Greg Atkinson – Contributor, The Seattle Times and Author of West Coast Cooking and At The Kitchen Table (October 2011 Release Date)
Rebekah Denn – EatAllAboutIt.com
Jay Friedman – Gastrolust.com
Marissa Guggiana – Author of Primal Cuts: Cooking With America’s Best Butchers and Off the Menu, co-editor and contributor to Meatpaper
Leslie Kelly – Freelance Food and Wine Writer (StateofQ.com, AlDenteBlog.com, SeriousEats.com, Voracious on SeattleWeekly.com)
Myra Kohn - Seattlebonvivant.typepad.com
Robin Leventhal – Top Chef Season 6 Contestant
Cynthia Nims – Food Writer, Monappetit.com
Peter Szymczak – Managing Editor, Northwest Palate
Here’s what some of our media judges have to say about the event:
“For the past few years, I’ve had the honor of judging many cooking competitions. In terms of food quality, my favorites have beeningredient-specific: Cochon 555 and Lamb Jam Seattle. The former has made me fatter, while the latter has made a real lamb lover out of me.” – Jay Friedman, TheSunBreak.com (9/20/2011)
Guests at the event will also have their say in their favorite lamb preparation of the night with the People’s Choice Award. Chef Bobby Moore of The Barking Frog has won this award for the last two years (will he make it a three-peat this year?).
Other highlights of the event include, Tracy Smaciarz of Heritage Meats, known for his outstanding knife skills, performing lamb butchery demonstrations; Lamb producers, including the American Lamb Board ambassador “shepard” for the Northwest region; Reed Anderson of Anderson Ranch; and 30 Washington wineries pouring wines perfectly suited for lamb.
So grab your flock and visit www.fansoflambseattle.com to purchase tickets to this year’s event.
Lamb Jam Seattle
Sunday, October 23; 3-6 p.m.
Bell Harbor International Conference Center
Tickets on Sale Now
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