College Street Brew House and Pub is feeling a bit more proud today after taking home the title of Top Chef at the 4th Annual Top Chef Competition at the London Bridge Resort Convention Center Thursday night.
“It was a tight competition, with a couple of few points. The winner of the competition is College Street.” announced Mike Bonney, President of the Lake Havasu Hospitality Association. Top Chef Gary Chacon and teammate later took to the stage to receive the trophy.
After a small window of time to prepare a dish while showcasing skills, aiming to appease the taste buds of celebrity judges waiting to taste and critique, Chacon came out on top among fellow restaurant chefs.
While chefs took the stage to prepare dishes that would win the judges over, guests dined and enjoyed some wine, beer and desserts that were also on display as they watched each chef cook and sweat their hearts out.
“I like this event,” said Angie Prchlik, who attended the Top Chef competition. “It’s a different and interesting event for me. It’s my first time here and so far it’s great.”
Wine bottles and beers were available to purchase and take home. The atmosphere created an opportunity for food fanatics and those happy to support a great cause, to mingle and enjoy the aroma of several appetizing dishes that filled the air.
Aside from College Street Brewery being awarded the Top Chef title, the event also crowned a Top Mixologist.
Cha-bone’s Steakhouse and Tapas Bar’s, Scott Dennis and fellow team member Rene Lemanski picked up a trophy for their creation.
“It’s pretty cool.” said Dennis. “I’m pretty stoked to have this award. I’m new to Lake Havasu so it’s so nice to be up there and recognized in town now.”
The Annual Top Chef Competition began in 2012 and is hosted by The Lake Havasu Hospitality Association.
The event allows attendees to sample, wines, beers and dishes created by competitors. Although at the end of the night only one chef can take home the title, it’s still all in good fun for everyone.
“This was our first year competing,” said Trevor Speed, with Mudshark Brewery. “My teammate Chef Katie Portugal and I have been cooking together for a while now and it’s nice to come here and share the same passion for cooking with other restaurants here.”
Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the hospitality community, and culinary educational programs in Lake Havasu City.