No one went home hungry at last night's third annual Crab Bash, hosted by B&O American Brasserie and Hotel Monaco in downtown Baltimore. The 10 food stations, laden with various crab dishes, were spread out through the restaurant and hotel for attendees and the panel of judges to sample the fare.
Everyone had an opportunity to vote for a winner. The "People's Choice" award went to chef Chad Gauss, pictured below, right, of The Food Market for his excellent fried-green tomatoes and crab gravy dish. (Check out a review of the Hampden restaurant in our October issue.)
The "Best in Show" was awarded to executive chef Thomas Dunklin of B&O American Brasserie for his creative crab boudin, pictured, with smoked corn and bacon grits and spicy watermelon sauce.
The decision wasn't easy for the judges—Reagan Warfield of Mix 106.5, Tim Williams of WJZ-TV, Tracey Middlekauff of Urbanite, and myself. The entries from local and visiting chefs, including one from Chicago, were all delicious for the most part.
But we could only pick one winner and we gave points to B&O's chef for his inventiveness and the beautiful plating of the dish.
Congratulations to all the chefs who participated, and thank you for sharing your wonderful crab interpretations with us.
Photos by me