Brett Youmans Crowned America’s Top Amateur Chef

Youmans To Represent USA At LG “Life Tastes Good” Competition In Seoul

Posted by on Sep 6

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During the first-ever "Taste of Beverly Hills," sponsor LG showcased the second annual "Taste Of Something Better" cooking competition, in which amateur chefs from all over the country submitted their original recipes in hopes of moving to a semi-final cooking round. Three semi-finalists were chosen to compete in this year's competition: Paula Mannino of Spokane, WA, Lou Kostura of Belmont, CA, and this year's winner, Brett Youmans of Reading, PA.

Competitors were asked to create their original recipe in front of a live audience, using state-of-the-art LG kitchen appliances to help them cook in under an hour. Mannino prepared chicken cacciatore with polenta and received the second runner-up prize, an LG double wall oven. Kostura's crab-stuffed pork tenderloin awarded him the first runner-up prize, a complete LG premium appliance package. The winner, Brett Youmans, took home the top honors with his orange-scented lamb skewers atop watercress and roasted fig salad with baked goat cheese crisps. He received a trip for two to South Korea to compete in LG's global cooking competition as well as an LG kitchen makeover (including gas cooktop, double wall oven, 4-door French-door refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave oven).

Judging the competition were celebrity chefs Ted Allen of "Chopped," "Iron Chef America" winner Tim Love, "Top Chef Masters" fan favorite Ludo Lefebre, and recent "Top Chef" victor Michael Voltaggio. Lifestyle expert Sissy Biggers, known from shows such as Food Network's "Ready, Set, and Cook!" and ABC's "Extreme Makeover," served as emcee for the "Taste Of Something Better" as well as other events during the Beverly Hills festival.

Youmans will be representing America in LG's global cooking competition to be held in Seoul, South Korea, on September 29th.

Source:  PR Newswire

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