Portland Reveals 2009’s “Best Lobster Chef”

Posted by on Oct 24

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Mackenzie ArringtonJust last week, 22-year-old Mackenzie Arrington graduated from the Culinary Institute of America -- and it didn't take long to get his name in lights. As of yesterday, he has been crowned Maine's "Best Lobster Chef."

For the first time, each contestant was asked to host a cooking demo on stage for a live audience, and then serve their portions to the judges for a blind taste test. Arrington's chatty, yet vulnerable approach to entertaining the crowd was a large part in winning over the judges, yet his succulent seafood concoction sealed the deal.

The winning recipe was roasted Maine lobster tail served with braised cabbage and cornbread. ArringtonĀ said he had been practicing the dish for the entire past week, taste-tasting up until 1:00 in the morning just to get it right. But the perseverance paid off. Not only did he walk away with the title of "Best Lobster Chef," but he also received a cash prize of $1,000.

Interestingly, Arrington is the son of last year's "Lobster Chef" winner, Margaret McLellan. So why did he enter in the competition so soon? "I wanted to keep it in the family," he said.

Source: Morning Sentinel

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