At the end of the evening it was Wylie who walked away with the giant novelty check, but soon after he accepted first place Michael Romano spoke very highly of one particular dish: Erik's fried tofu with crispy morels and sweet corn. That was the best reward of all. A perfect end to a competition we both lost a little sleep over.
I want to thank everyone who put together this competition. It was so organized, entertaining and fun. The audience was able to taste the food and everyone had a great time chatting up their favorites. House Foods and The Gohan Society have been wonderful to work with. Mike Colameco was such a fantastic emcee. He interviewed the chefs while the cooked and there was a live feed to the space where the press and consumers where. Erik couldn't have done it without the help of Tyler Kord. Thanks TK.