Meat Sweats: Judging the Kawartha BBQ Contest ~ Also, Coming Soon: Flavours of Stratford

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So serious that I have to stand up for the job.  From left: Dave Russell from Firehouse Gourmet, Chef Brian Henry, Shari Darling (the Sophisticated Wino; Kawartha Flavour Fest), and yours truly.
So serious that I have to stand up for the job. From left: Dave Russell of Firehouse Gourmet, Chef Brian Henry, Shari Darling (the Sophisticated Wino; Kawartha Flavour Fest), and yours truly.

As many of you know, last weekend I had the honour of being a judge at the the Kawatha BBQ Competition, held by the fine folks at Friendly Fires.

A few things of note: all of the competitors should be proud of their work.  I went through a lot of beautifully browned, succulent ribs.  It was definitely tough to judge a winner.

Also:  I now know what the meat sweats feel like.

Seriously.

That was a lot — and I mean a lot — of rib tasting involved.

You can find full coverage and photos of the event at the Peterborough Examiner website.

The winners:

First Prize: “Sibling Rivalry,” teammates Marc Mathe and Joseph Drader travelled to Peterborough from Quebec for the challenge.

Second place: “Triple D,” a local team from Douro Dummer Township run by Wayne Heath and Steve Carveth

Third Place: “Newton’s Law of Que,” manned by Toronto jazz musicians Matt Newton and Harley Card.

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In other news, Krista and I will be attending the Flavours of Stratford Culinary Tour this weekend.  We look forward to sharing all the details.  Look for a blog entry and photos next week.

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