Charter Yacht Chefs go Whisk-to-Whisk at Newport Charter Yacht Show’s Annual Culinary Competition
Working as a top chef at a 5-star restaurant is a cakewalk compared to chefs making their livings onboard yachts. That’s what the Newport Charter Yacht Show aims to prove when it holds its annual Culinary Competition this summer. The event is scheduled for June 17 and 18 as part of the Newport Charter Yacht Show’s four-day assemblage (June 17-20, with Captain/Crew Reception on June 16) of private luxury charter yachts and charter industry professionals, including agents, owners, brokers and captains, who consider the show a one-of-a-kind opportunity to “get a taste” of the latest and greatest of their industry’s trends and offerings.
“Working as a chef in a restaurant is routine, but working onboard a yacht, where you are constantly faced with obstacles and changes to the schedule, is much more spontaneous and challenging,” said Lady M’s Chef Eddj Venzi (Forlì, Italy) who was the Grande Class Winner in 2012 and worked throughout Europe at resorts, restaurants and hotels before adapting his talents to the charter yacht world. Venzi added that as a charter chef you are on call 24 hours a day, working in spaces that are one-tenth the size of commercial kitchens without the luxury of line cooks and sous-chefs to assist in meal preparation. “In this industry, you need to be a perfectionist, but at the same time, when you are working on a yacht, you have to be ready for the unexpected, whether it’s extra guests, bad weather conditions or a last-minute change of events.”
The Culinary Competition’s main event, a battle of gastronomic proportions that takes place among chefs onboard the show’s registered yachts, features the Grande Classfor chefs on yachts 100 feet and above, and the Premier Class for chefs on yachts 99 feet and under. For some extra flavor, and for the first time this year, an interior crew Tablescaping Challenge and a Freelance Chef Shucking Competition have also been added. Award presentations will take place in the main show tent at the Newport Yachting Center on Tuesday, June 18th at 5:00 p.m.
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“Last year was the first year that this show was under the management of Newport Exhibition Group and they did a great job,” said Winnie DeCoster-Lynch (Newport, R.I.) from The Captain’s Concierge, which has run the Culinary Competition for the Newport Charter Yacht Show since 2008. “This year we’ve had a little more time to prepare and improve upon the competition and keep it relevant and a reason for industry professionals to attend. The more events within the show that are interactive and fun, the more it’s going to add to the experience of the show.”
Like last year, the Grande Class chefs will be provided with a “mystery basket” full of farm-to-table ingredients, all locally produced and grown, along with a short list of ingredients that can be used from their pantries. In their respective galleys they will prepare four servings of a meal of any cuisine, and invited guest chefs will determine a winner.
For the Premier Class, the chefs will prepare the quintessential dish of New England, seafood chowder, and have free reign over the ingredient choices. Once the dishes are complete, show attendees will be invited to visit every competing yacht’s galley to taste the creations. Ballots will be provided onboard each yacht, and the winner will be announced after ballots are tallied.
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The Tablescaping Challenge is open to all interior crew onboard participating yachts and abides by the same criteria as the Culinary Competition, with a Grande and Premier Class. Crew members can enter the competition solo or as a team, and the challenge is to artistically decorate the dining table on their respective yachts, utilizing the yacht’s own linen, china, tableware and decorative items, including candles and flowers. Each team may choose any theme and set-up on either an interior or exterior table. A panel of professionals will pick one winner from each class, and the show attendees will pick a fan favorite from each class. The criteria used for judging includes originality of theme, composition, use of materials and how well the tablescape fits with the style of the respective yacht.
The Shucking Competition is the only contest at the Newport Charter Yacht Show that is only open to freelance yacht chefs who are not on one of the show’s registered yachts but have worked onboard yachts for at least two seasons in the last three years. It will showcase their technique in a timed format for all of the show attendees to see. “Shucking” or opening a shellfish is a frequently used skill when cooking onboard yachts that cruise New England. The amount of opened shellfish will be judged on appearance and presentation. Competitors will be supplied local shellfish, including oysters and clams, but will be responsible for supplying their own knives and opening tools, gloves and towels.
For information and to register for any of the competitions please contact Winnie DeCoster-Lynch, the Captain’s Concierge, email@example.com, +1 401-862-5109
The Newport Charter Yacht Show continues to gain popularity and traction as it readies for its 31st edition and second year under the management of Newport Exhibition Group. The event, scheduled for June 17 -20 at the Newport Yacht Center, hosts a fleet of luxury charter yachts — ranging in size from 80 feet up to the super yacht size of 150 to 225+ feet — and is the only one of its kind in the U.S. Throughout the show’s four days, guests gain a feel for a variety of exquisite charter yachts and participate in lively seminars, vibrant “yacht hops” and the much anticipated culinary competition.
Newport Exhibition Group (NEG) is a division of Newport Harbor Corporation that produces major events, including the prestigious Newport International Boat Show that runs annually in September and the Providence Boat Show, which is Southeastern New England’s premier winter boat show that takes place annually in January.
Newport Yachting Center Marina & Special Events venue is located on four acres in the heart of scenic downtown Newport. The space is able to accommodate large yachts and is equipped with long, side tie berthing, high volume fueling, single and multi-phase power, WIFI, water, and access to a wide range of technical repair and support services along with easy access to adjacent downtown Newport.
About The Captain’s Concierge
The Captain’s Concierge is the leader in provisioning and services for yachts in New England, working with crew to provide everything they want when they want it. By provisioning with The Captain’s Concierge, yacht chefs have access to the largest selection of food products in New England. The Captain’s Concierge is a trusted source for produce, meat, seafood, cheese, dry goods, beverages, specialty and gourmet items, ranging from basics to exotics. From trained day workers to logistics facilitation to quality ingredients, the company’s services fulfill the requirements of mega yachts. Based at the Newport Shipyard, our experience and local knowledge ensures service that is convenient and efficient. For more information, visit http://www.captainconcierge.com/