Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, March 29, 2018
Japanese scallops best in show at Men Who Cook
Guests at this year’s Men Who Cook dinner were treated to a wide array of dishes and flavors as they arrived at the Deer Isle-Stonington High School gym for the 14th annual event. The event promotes friendly competition to bring community members together and share home-cooked food, according to a news release from Edible Island.
Indian spiced chili, wild mushroom soup, dolmades, and pork tamales were just a few of the dishes served by the 26 men who volunteered to cook. Guests voted for their favorite dishes in three categories.
Derrick Picton earned honors for Best Soup or Salad with his clam chowder. In the Appetizer and Main Dish category, Dave Williams placed first with his BBQ ribs. Demetrius Pezaris wowed diners with his blueberry cheese crepes and took the most votes for Best Dessert.
At the end of the evening though, it was the Japanese scallops, from the East Penobscot Bay Scallop Company, with the father and son team of Marsden and Bob Brewer, that impressed diners the most. The duo went home with the Best in Show award.
All proceeds from the event benefit the Zach Rosenfield Memorial Scholarship. Edible Island established the scholarship to support graduating high school seniors pursuing studies related to the culinary arts, agriculture, ecology, health, and nutrition. To date, the scholarship has been awarded to eight students, totaling $8,500. The 2017 recipient was Morgan Dauk, a graduate of George Stevens Academy who has gone on to study at Williams College. Both Deer Isle-Stonington High School and George Stevens Academy students are invited to apply for the scholarship. Applications are due May 1 and can be found at edibleisland.org.