Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ommegang Hop Chef Comes to the Atlas

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Photo by Frozen Tropics Flickr pool user Philliefan99

From 1-4pm Saturday April 28th the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H Street) will host the first ever Ommegang Hop Chef Competition. Local chefs will each prepare two dishes to pair with Ommegang ales. The offerings will be sampled by both professional judges, and the assembled audience. That's be a total of 200 audience tasters , and 8 judges, trying 14 dishes, and 7 beers. Tickets are $75.

This is the first in a series of chef's cook-off in different cities, culminating in a competition in a massive Belgian beer festival in August.  Chef Teddy Folkman of Granville Moore's (1238 H Street) is one of the organizers of this event. You can catch local chef Bradley Walker of Boundary Road (414 H Street) competing.

Complete press release after the jump.

Inaugural Ommegang Hop Chef Competition heats up D.C. on April 28, 2012.
Sat., April 28, 2012, 1-4 pm. Atlas Theater, 1333 H St., NE, Washington, D.C.
(COOPERSTOWN, NY) Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown announces our first-ever Ommegang Hop Chef Competition.™ The competition invites innovative DC area chefs to prepare and pair dishes with fine Ommegang ales. Each chef creates two dishes showcasing imaginative beer and food pairing skills. The dishes, along with Ommegang ales chosen to go with them, are served to professional judges and a consumer audience. The competition will produce fourteen delectably different dishes, offer at least seven different beers, and promises plenty of culinary surprises. The Hop Chef Competition is part of the Ommegang program known as Great Beer Deserves Great Food®, a national initiative dedicated to the idea that fine beer deserves its rightful place at the table with fine foods. The Hop Chef Competition brings that idea to life for 200 lucky tasters.

The Ommegang Hop Chef Competition takes place April 28, 1- 4 pm, at the historic Atlas Theater on H Street. Seven hot DC area chefs compete, eight area notables judge, and 200 lucky tasters can buy tickets to watch, taste, sip, and vote for a People’s Choice Winner. Chefs are Jamie Leeds, Hank's Oyster Bar; Jeff Eng, Clyde's of Tower Oaks; Bradley Walker, Boundary Road; Mike Bonk, Sonoma; Nicholas Stefanelli, Bibiana; Mark Marrocco, Magnolias at the Mill; and Will Artley, Pizzeria Orso.

This Ommegang Hop Chef Competition is the first in a series of chef’s cook-offs across the US, culminating in a Grand Hop Chef cook-off at Ommegang’s Belgium Comes to Cooperstown festival in August 2012. The competition is put together by Brewery Ommegang and Chef Teddy Folkman, Ommegang Culinary Ambassador and chef/owner of DC’s beloved Granville Moore’s Gastropub. The competition is co-sponsored by Saveur Magazine, Shun Knives, Gel Pro Mats, Lodge Enamel Cookware, Cuisinart, and Chefware Branded Chef Coats. The Hop Chef Competition is also sponsored by ‘Share Our Strength’ Taste of the Nation program. Net proceeds benefit ‘Share our Strength' and its efforts to end childhood hunger

Hop Chef Competition judges include Greg Engert; beer director, Birch and Barley/ Churchkey; John Guattery, executive director, Matchbox Food Group; Tammy Tuck, beer writer, Washington City Paper; Nycci Nellis, host "Foodie and the Beast, Talk Radio and NBC TV; Bart Vandaele, chef/owner Belga Cafe; Bonnie Benwick, Deputy Food Editor, Washington Post; Simon Thorpe, president/CEO Brewery Ommegang and Duvel USA; and Saveur Magazine.
Tickets are limited, so please purchase in advance at Learn more about the Ommegang Hop Chef Competition and our sponsors at


Anonymous said...

damn, even the Atlas is slinging beer rather than music or dance these days.Maybe the nail and hair places should go into the business too.

inked said...

It's only one afternoon. I assure you that they have plenty dance, music, and theater.

Anonymous said...

A full schedule of upcoming events is here Anon.

MFK Fisher said...

"Celebrity Chefs vs. the Kardashians" - coming this fall on Lifetime!