2018 Culinary Challenge Competitors

First Place, Gold Medal

Continental Region: Bradley Hammer 


Title: Chef

School: University of Utah

Name of Recipe: Poached Squid with Steamed Clams and Squid Mousseline

First Place, Gold Medal

Mid-Atlantic Region: Athan Spanos


Title: Managing Chef at Penn State - Harrisburg 

School: Penn State 

Name of Recipe: Squid Ink Pasta with Crispy Rhode Island Oyster, Poached Squid Sausage, Sautéed Curry Clam, Batonnet Zucchini, Pan Roasted Butternut Squash, Saffron Cream Sauce

First Place, Bronze Medal

Midwest Region: Brian Barker


Title: Sous Chef 

School: University of Michigan

Name of Recipe: Rhode Island Shores Seafood Trio, Pho Style 

First Place, Gold Medal

Northeast Region: Humberto Espinal


Title: Third Cook

School: Yale University 

Name of Recipe: Pan-Seared Branzino with Butter Poached Stuffed Calamari

First Place, Gold Medal

Pacific Region: Burke Reeves


Title: Executive Chef

School: University of California, Riverside

Name of Recipe: An Ocean's Garden

First Place, Silver Medal

Southern Region: Sarah Kettelhut


Title: Chef General Manager

School: University of North Texas

Name of Recipe: Rhode Island Clams in Bacon Cream, Sautéed Calamari and Crispy Gremolata Oysters with Potato Ribbons and Campus Grown Swiss Chard Sauté