The second annual Mac & Cheese Throwdown was a lot of fun. Great people and great food. We were pretty happy with the showing of our Peking Mac & Cheese made with Beehive Cheese’s Barely Buzzed Cheese and Promontory Cheese, accompanied by Green Onion, Pancetta and Peking Duck Skin. If you want to make the Smart Kitchen Competition Mac & Cheese our recipe is up in the recipe section of Smart Kitchen.
The event was held for fun and to support the American Cheese Society and their mission of educating the public about great domestic cheeses. The American Cheese Society was a sponsor too. Other sponsors included: Cheese Chick Productions, Diya Marketing, Girl Meets Fork, Rogue Creamery, Beehive Cheese, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Bellwether Cheese, Cabot Creamery, Rothkase Cheese, and Cypress Grove Chevre.
The competitors were: Joel La Tondress, Hotdish INC, Eric O’Neill, SmartKitchen.com, Mike Bouwens, 5th and Wine, Kevin Wemlinger, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, Tony Morales, Desert Smoke BBQ, Sean Currid, Cafe ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho, and Trisha Steadman, Sugar Shack.
Everyone had so much fun, it felt like just a few minutes before the winners were announced.
The results were that the champ, Sean Currid, was overturned. Congratulations to Mike Bouwens of 5th & Wine who took top honors. Sean Currid of the Hotel Valley Ho & Cafe ZuZu may have to hot rod that terrific lobster mac & cheese for next year. Smart Kitchen did not win first prize but we did get a number of votes in the people’s choice category and some good points in the judging.
And Aletha M, won a free month of Smart Kitchen in our on-site drawing. Congratulations to her.
See you next at the Perfect Turkey on November 9th.