Chef Stephen Coe of Mirbeau Inn & Spa and Chef Michael Morway of Nosh Tavern/Craftship Catering in Plymouth, recently teamed up to compete at the World Food Championships in Kissimmee, Florida. The dynamic duo proved their culinary prowess by winning first place in the bacon category and second place overall in the finals.
The granddaddy of food sport competitions, the World Food Championship is the largest outdoor cooking event in the world. The main cooking tent measured a full city block and housed $250,000 worth of Kenmore branded stoves, cooktops, countertops and cookware, and had enough space for 50 chefs to cook simultaneously.
Cooking teams battled for eight days, facing off in nine categories, including Barbeque, Bacon, Burger, Chili, Sandwich, Seafood, Pasta, Dessert, and Recipe, with the champions of each category advancing to the finals. Coe and Morway named their final bacon entry “Smoke and Mirrors,” serving up a savory trio of confit bacon, bacon-wrapped bacon and crispy-fried quail egg with bacon hollandaise sauce, all atop a mirror.
“The competition was an absolute blast and I was thrilled to end the week as the bacon champion,” said Chef Coe, who oversees the inn’s Bistro and Wine Bar and Henri-Marie restaurants. “Bacon is one of the most versatile and popular ingredients around right now and I’m excited to incorporate more of it into the menus at Mirbeau.” Coe and Morway are already laying plans for next year’s competition. For more information, visit worldfoodchampionships.com.