August 23, 2012
Celebrity chef Campanaro to judge Flavors of the Northwest Cooking Competition
By Lailani Upham
Celebrity chef Joey Campanaro, will be a featured guest judge for the “Flavors of the Northwest” cooking competition next month at the KwaTakNuk Resort. (Courtesy photo)
POLSON — Celebrity chef Joey Campanaro, owner of “The Little Owl” in New York City and a feature chef on the Food Network, Iron Chef, the Martha Stewart Show, and the Today Show will be the judge for the “Flavors of the Northwest Cooking Competition” at the Best Western KwaTaqNuk Resort Casino on Friday, September 7.
The Little Owl is a private event space and culinary showroom where Campanaro can canvas his talent and passion on a more intimate scale, allowing for a vast range of event from 2 – 70 guests.
The Flavors of the Northwest event will allow local folks to check out local restaurant cuisine spreads and how ingredients are created and prepared into a decadent course right in their own lakeside town.
Campanaro will be bringing along a guest, top chef Jimmy Bradley, owner of two popular New York City restaurants, The Red Cat and The Harrison.
Bradley’s accomplishments have been featured in New York magazine, Food & Wine magazine, Bon Appetit, and the New York Times. He also appeared on The Today Show and the Martha Stewart Show as well.
The “Flavors of the Northwest” is a first time cooking competition featuring four 3-person teams who will be competing head-to-head in three courses; starters, main, and dessert.
There will also be local judges participating in the judging says Stacey Kiehn, Marketing and Sales Development for the KwaTaqNuk Resort.
All entering teams have not been confirmed; however, there will be a team representing the The Nook Restaurant at the KwaTaqNuk Resort and Casino, says Kiehn.
Campanaro, who was raised in Philadelphia, has a culinary approach rooted in his Italian grandmother’s kitchen with a touch of a wide-range of America’s top restaurants. Campanaro is known to bring in a Mediterranean cuisine to every dish he creates.
The idea to hold such a cooking competition is showcase northwest cuisine and bring in top entertainment, says Kiehn.
The evening will include appetizers, two complimentary specialty drinks and music.
The event will accommodate 200 guests.
There are 150 tickets still available with limited space for cooking stations, says Kiehn.
Tickets are $20. Call (406) 883-3636 to reserve a seat and purchase tickets.