We are pleased to announce the top 3 finalist for the NJ King Crab Competition. With a whopping 495 consumer votes, Nicole’s 10 ranked #1, followed by Chakra and Ice House with over 150 votes each! Congratulations to all. Watch the Live cook-off from the Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s Resorts in Atlantic City right here on JerseyBites.com and on NJDiscover.com Monday, September 24th between 6 and 9pm.
Chef Christopher M. Masey of Nicole’s 10 in Randolf will be preparing his Crab Cake with Lump & Snow Crab Hakka style sauteed and crested by Rainbow Microgreens with a grained mustard Champagne-Sriracha sauce. “I am extremely excited to be one of the finalists in this competition! Through the efforts of our amazing staff & supportive guests we were able to finish first thus far! I am very excited to compete against the clearly talented and accomplished chefs who made the cut with us! “
Chef Thomas Ciszak of Chakra in Paramus will be preparing his Horseradish Crusted Crab Cake with snow pea shoots and a mustard seed vinaigrette. “My guests at Chakra and Blue Morel have been telling me for years that I serve one of the best crab cakes ever. It’s great to have JerseyBites facilitate a competition like this so I can make new friends. I don’t worry about winning. I’m appreciative that my guests voted for us in such large numbers. “ Thomas Ciszak
Ice House in Wildwood will be dishing up their Ice House Crab Cake: Classic jumbo lump crab cakes with corn relish and served with traditional tartar sauce. “We are so excited and honored to be selected by our customers as a finalist in the search for NJ’S best crab cakes. We think we are going to win because our crab cakes have been made the same way for over 30 years. They are traditional crab cakes made with pure crab meat.”
Ice House Restaurant
Chef Christopher M. Masey believes his fresh take on the traditional crab cake gives him an advantage. “I feel like we have an edge in the competition because we chose a different approach to crabcakes by embracing New Jersey’s cultural and ethnic diversity and tried to stray from the traditional approach of the Maryland style.While ours is clearly a unique recipe we did stay true to some of the elements which have made crabcakes so beloved up and down the east coast. Our guest response was positive and they appreciated that we broadened their palates and chose this route. Thanks for the opportunity and see ya at Harrahs!”
Staff from Viking cooking school will serve as judges in addition to our Executive Editor, Deborah Smith. Be sure to tune in on Monday at 6pm for all the fun.