Bryan Gregg, Chef and Owner of Escape Montclair, was recently crowned the winner of the 2015 Jersey Seafood Challenge held at Viking Village in Barnegat Light in late June. The winning dish,Barnegat Light Scallops, Creamless Creamed Corn and Jersey Chanterelles (pictured above), much like the food Chef Gregg serves at Escape, was created using locally-sourced ingredients and crafted specifically for the challenge.
As a result of his win at the 2015 Jersey Seafood Challenge, Chef Gregg will be New Jersey’s official representative at this weekend’s Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans. “It means a lot to me to have the chance to represent the Garden State at the national competition in New Orleans,” said Chef Gregg. “What I’m most excited about is showing people across the USA what we can do in the kitchen with the quality, local products available to us in New Jersey. I can’t wait to share my Jersey pride at the event and my twin boys think that dad being on Food Network is pretty cool.”
Only 20 chefs from across the country are invited to participate at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off, and the event champion will be named King or Queen of American Seafood. The cook-off will be televised by the Food Network (date and time to be announced) and is part of the Louisiana Foodservice Expo.
Chef Gregg generously shared the recipe to his winning scallop dish with Jersey Bites for readers to try to recreate at home.
Good luck, Chef Gregg!
Veronique Deblois, Food & Wine Chickie: Veronique is a food and wine writer based in Morris County. As the author of the popular blog, Food & Wine Chickie Insider, Veronique shares recipes, wine and restaurant reviews and insight into the travel industry of which she’s a 15-year veteran. Follow Veronique on Twitter or like her Facebook page.