Chef Chris Van Hooydonk is proclaimed 2011 Similkameen BBQ King and below: Chef Chris Remmington was presented with the award for best food and wine pairing.

Chef Chris Van Hooydonk is proclaimed 2011 Similkameen BBQ King and below: Chef Chris Remmington was presented with the award for best food and wine pairing.

Similkameen BBQ King 2011

An abundance of flavour sensations were ever present during the Second Annual Similkameen BBQ King competition held on Saturday, July 16.

An abundance of flavour sensations were ever present during the Second Annual Similkameen BBQ King competition held on Saturday, July 16.

This competition presented by the Similkameen Wineries Association, was held at  the beautiful and historic Grist Mill in Keremeos. The event was held as well, as a partial fundraiser to benefit the Grist Mill.

Eight chefs in competition for the title of Similkameen BBQ King or Queen, were presented with identical local ingredients and each came up with their own wonderful culinary creation. The chefs came from various places throghought the Okanagan-Similkameen; Kelowna: Chef Edison Antejos from Delta Grand Okanagan Resort, and Chef Malcolm Gibb from the Manteo Resort, Penticton:

Chef Abul Adame from Terra Caliente and Chef Chris Remington from the Hooded Merganser –  Lakeside Resort, Keremeos: Chef Greg Fuchs from Gregors Grourmet and local celebrity Chef, Dave Mutch from Cerelia, Chef Chris Van Hooydonk from the Sonora Room at the Burrowing Owl in Oliver and Chef Natasha Schooten from the Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos.

The chefs were paired with one of eight local wineries from the Similkameen Wineries Association; Cerelia, Clos du Soleil, EauVivre, Forbidden Fruit, Orofino, Robin Ridge, Rustic Roots and Seven Stones.

Approximately 150 guests were treated to the exquisite taste of various wines and the individual tantalizing creations by the chefs. Each guest was able to cast a vote for their favourite chef, with the Executive Chef from the Sonora Room at the Burrowing Owl, Chef Chris Van Hooydonk, being awarded the title of 2011 Similkameen BBQ King.

All media guests were given the honour of choosing the best food and wine pairing, this award was presented to Chef Chris Remington from the Hooded Merganser in the Penticton Lakeside Resort and Forbidden Fruit Winery with the wine of choice being, Earth Series SauVidal.

Appreciation is extended to; the many associate members of the Similkameen Wineries Association and to the eight chefs for their donations, silent auction donations and especially for their time, to Daryl O’Neill for the wonderful entertainment throughout the evening and to Westland Insurance and Valley First for their sponsorships.

Good weather, great food, amazing refreshments and wonderful company all in a most beautiful setting— made for an evening to invigorate all of the senses.