Six chefs – three from East of the mountains and three from the West – will enter a dish inspired by a local wine or beer and a piece of music from the upcoming season at Icicle Creek – and YOU’RE THE JUDGE. A chef from Team East and Team West will meet in one of three culinary battles – Battle Surf, Battle Turf and Battle Veg. The 2018 contenders each bring their own cooking style and philosophy, but they all bring passion and talent. Here they are:
CHEF CHRIS SCHWARZ, Tom Douglas Restaurants
A graduate of Hackensack High School, Corporate Executive Chef Chris Schwarz has been cooking professionally since 1993. He has served as Executive Chef at Etta’s and currently overseas the entire chef team at Tom Douglas Restaurants group. Chef Schwarz will lead the Hot Stove Society event, cooking alongside Chefs Brock Johnson and Bradley Layfield.
Cooking at: Icicle Ridge Winery
CHEF BROCK JOHNSON, The Dahlia Lounge
Hailing from Edmonds, WA, Chef Johnson has served as head chef for both Lola and, later, Tom Douglas’ flagship restaurant, The Dahlia Lounge, where he has been since 2009. He brings to the table elegant dishes in a wide range of culinary styles.
Paired with: Goose Ridge Winery
CHEF CHRISTIAN MIKKELSEN, Kingfisher Restaurant & Wine Bar
With a globally-inspired approach to cuisine, Wenatchee Valley native Mikkelsen brings his travels and passion for cooking back home.
Paired with: Crayelle Cellars
CHEF BRADLEY LAYFIELD, The Brave Horse Tavern
A farm boy from Ideal, GA, Chef Layfield loves to experiment. He worked his way up from line cook to Chef of the Brave Horse Tavern where he is passionate about the slow and low pace and traditions of good BBQ.
Paired with: Badger Mountain Brewing
CHEF SETH MCKEE, Chateau Faire le Pont
McKee honed his cooking skills over the past two decades across the west from Washington to Texas. With a flair for Northwest flavors, he has helmed the Chateau Grill for two years.
Paired with: Chateau Faire le Pont Winery
CHEF TANDI ROLEN, The Hunter’s Wife
Her vision is to create a space of refuge and healing by gathering together the purest ingredients nature has to offer. A passionate foodie, and another Wenatchee Valley native, Chef Rolen enjoys sharing vegan cuisine with the world.
Paired with: Wenatchee Valley Brewing Co.
CHEF JOHN SUNDSTROM, Lark
Chef/owner of Lark has been nominated for a James Beard Award was named Best Chef Northwest by the James Beard Foundation in 2007. His is an artisan-focused dinner restaurant invested in organic, foraged and heirloom ingredients and flavors.
Paired with: Stemilt Creek Winery