Great beer with great food at Hop Chef Philly
Nine of Philadelphia’s most talented chefs will descend upon Union Transfer to compete in Brewery Ommegang’s third-annual Hop Chef Philly for a chance to represent the City of Brotherly Love at ‘Belgium comes to Cooperstown’ Festival.
Each chef will prepare and serve an innovative, original dish inspired by one of the brewery’s five pairing principles, and top local food experts will judge the plates.
Samples of all Hop Chef Philly dishes, as well as all paired Ommegang beers, will be available to guests throughout the event this Tuesday July 8, doors open at 6 p.m. and contest begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by clicking here.
The outstanding line-up of competing chefs, primed to engage in 140-character banter on Twitter, includes: Jeremy Nolen of Brauhaus Schmitz and the upcoming Whetstone; Townsend Wentz of Townsend; Chad Vetter of City Tap House; Jonathan and Justin Petruce of Petruce et al; James Kenngott of Strangelove’s; Ben Puchowitz of Cheu Noodle Bar and the upcoming Bing Bing; Travis Masar of Sampan and the upcoming Independence Beer Garden; and Jennifer Choplin.
“As we gear up for another spirited Hop Chef competition, we look forward to the contestants’ playful smack talk, inside jokes and previews of their dishes on Twitter and other social media,” says Megan Maguire, Ommegang Market Manager. “But there’s a serious amount of culinary talent in play, as well, and some awesome prizes – which makes being a part of Hop Chef even more rewarding.”
Each chef is on hand and gets no more than 10 minutes to describe and defend his dish to the judges. The chefs will be judged based on five pairing principles: Simple Pairing, a direct interaction between food and beer; Incorporation, utilizing beer in the cooking process; Mimicking, matching the flavor profile of a dish with the flavor profile of a beer; Story Telling, tracing the history of the dish and the beer; and Experimental, making beer the star of the dish.