By Virginia Monaco

 

Last night, ICE was thrilled to host the 11th annual “Cookin’ with Allagash” Scholarship competition.  It was a wonderful night filled with great food, delicious beers and generous prizes!

 

 

Every year, Allagash brewery in Maine selects one brew from its portfolio to inspire ICE’s professional culinary students as they craft original recipes to feature and pair with the beer. This year they chose their ultra-rare Coolship Resurgam, a gueuze-style beer blended from spontaneously fermented lambics and cask aged for three years. Because of these Belgian roots, students were asked to create a modern Belgian-inspired that featured the unique sour and citrus qualities of the beer.

 

After receiving dozens of great student entries, three recipes rose to top, and those students were chosen to participate in a live cook-off to determine the winner! This year’s competitors were:

  • John Feingold, “CoolShip Poached Lobster with Parsnip Frites, Poppy Seed Mayonnaise and Grilled Belgian Endive”
  • Munah Gomes. “Resurgam Battered Double Fried Chicken, Potato Waffles with CoolShip Maple Sauce and Glazed Brussels Sprouts Coleslaw”
  • Katherine Buckley, “Sautéed Duck Breasts with Coolship Resurgam, Braised Red Cabbage and Herbed Goat Cheese Crepes”
Ivy Stark, Michael Laiskonis, James Simpkins and Josh Bernstein

Ivy Stark, Michael Laiskonis, James Simpkins and Josh Bernstein

The dishes were judged by ICE’s own Creative Director, Michael Laiskonis; ICE alumna and Executive Chef of Dos Caminos, Ivy Stark; author of The Allagash Cookbook, James Simpkins; and beer expert Josh Bernstein. The students performed beautifully in front of an eager audience and the judge’s scores were the tightest in memory. In the end, Katherine’s duck dish brought home the $2,000 scholarship, with Munah taking home $1,000 and John $500.

Katherine Buckley receives the $2,000 grand prize scholarship from Allagash founder Rob Todd

Katherine Buckley receives the $2,000 grand prize scholarship from Allagash founder Rob Tod

Congratulations to all the students competitors on their inspired and skilled cooking. We look forward to welcoming Allagash at ICE for years to come!

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