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TheKeeneroo:
ONE FOR THE BOOKS... (and aparently magazines... as I learned Edible Monterey is doing an article on the event to help build momentum for next year's comp).

I am excited to report that we had over 100 spectators, 38 competitors, lots of $$ raised for Save Our Shores and 37 pounds of trash picked up at the beach clean up (and fantastic family prizes for top 3 people to pick up most trash like a $150 certificate to 7D steakhouse paired with a $120 cert for Big Sur Adventures). We had prize packages (like an $1800 fishing kayak, $150 Shun Knife, $100 Kalletka Clothing certificate and custom magnetic knife block trophy for first place winner) for the top 5 highest scored plates, 1 prize package for biggest fish including a metal lingcod custom trophy from Jack Kim, and one for heaviest limit of purple urchins.

Huan "Solo" Le came in first place images (in album below) #340-345 - Canh Chua (sweet and sour fish soup) with Cá Kho Tộ (clay pot caramel braised fish).

Huge thank you to the judges for their time: Chef Thomas Snyder of Seventh & Dolores, Chef Danny Abbruzzese of the Portola Hotel & Spa and Chef Colin Moody of The Club at Pasadera. Thank you also for everyone that competed, volunteered, helped organize, helped solicit donations (like Matt Mattison connecting me with some businesses and people), and encouraged the event! Thank you to Monterey Bay Kayaks for hosting the event and Bamboo Reef for being the main sponsor.

It was a huge success and we look forward to next year.

HERE IS THE LINK to the album so you can see the fun!

Zzz:
Great job on this, Keeneroo. Congrats on a successful event!

Saltynuts:
Looks like an awesome event, well done!
The food looked very elevated and awesome album!
Glad I didn’t enter though, would have done battered and fried fish nugget or ceviche  ;D and to see everyone standing in line while the food is getting cold just hurts, although ceviche wouldn’t mind but anything fried or hot not served right away really suffers in the queue.
Maybe next year, eh?!
Congrats on the success!

TheKeeneroo:

--- Quote from: Saltynuts on November 11, 2019, 09:57:52 PM ---Looks like an awesome event, well done!
The food looked very elevated and awesome album!
Glad I didn’t enter though, would have done battered and fried fish nugget or ceviche  ;D and to see everyone standing in line while the food is getting cold just hurts, although ceviche wouldn’t mind but anything fried or hot not served right away really suffers in the queue.
Maybe next year, eh?!
Congrats on the success!

--- End quote ---

Yeah, that line was a killer... Everyone needed to be plated by 1p so that line was due to people cutting it close to the deadline. It's something I'd like to remedy for next year but I'm at a loss for how to... any ideas on how to give everyone a fair chance to plate and submit without letting food get cold? I was thinking a white board where you put your name on it 5 min before youre ready to submit food and that way people have a better idea on how long it will be...

Sea-Monkey:
Hi Eric,
Thank you for doing the very heavy lifting on this event. Your hard work showed and it was a resounding success.
The prizes were ridiculous!!!
Although I was unable to dive and compete due to my lingering pneumonia  >:( I still had a blast watching all of the competitors and their culinary creations.
I agree with other folks who posted that "...I am glad I didn't compete in the cooking competition"... since it appeared to be strictly upper division plates - STIFF COMPETITION!!! I can't wait to see next year's lineup of sponsors/ prizes/ participants. I will definitely need a full year to develop and refine my recipe.
-Mike

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