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Ommegang Hop Chef Smack Talk: “Why I Will Win”
Beer pairs well with food. This might have been news 10 years ago, or even five, but these days most people in Philadelphia recognize that brew + food = delicious. The question then becomes, how far can you take the pairing?
For the third year, Belgian-style specialist Brewery Ommegang is hosting a cook-off to discover fantastic ways to combine beer and food. On Tuesday, July 8, nine Philly chefs will vie to be the winner of the local contest and continue on to Cooperstown, NY, to rep Philadelphia in the national finals.
In addition to sipping suds after a mouthful of meat, ales will be used in cooking, brew flavor profiles will be emulated, and hops and malts will become ingredients. You can sample everything the brewchefs create with a $50 ticket (here) to the 6 PM event at Union Transfer. You’ll also get to watch Fox 29’s Mike Jerrick emcee as the chefs present their work on stage to a panel of judges that includes Top Chef winner Nicholas Elmi.
In 2012, George Sabatino took top honors. Last year it was Nick Macri. Who’s going to walk away with this year’s Hop Chef Philly title? We asked each of the contestants to tell us in one sentence why they’re going to win with their chosen label.