A local version of Top Chef at Roy's


Now here's a strange event if you have $85 to spare and you're a fan of Top Chef.

Three students from the Baltimore International College culinary school will pair off with local chefs in a cooking contest at Roy's in Harbor East tomorrow night, Aug. 17.

For your $85 (excluding tax and tip, of course), you get a five-course meal, including food prepared as part of the competition. The dishes they create will have to be Hawaiian fusion cuisine.

I can't imagine how that works, and I'm not about to call anyone early Sunday morning about the press release, but maybe someone who's going to go can fill us in. ...


Jeff Sarzyuski, Lisa Davis and Rachael Brosh are the students; chefs Jesse Sandlin of Abacrombie Fine Foods (who is actually on Top Chefs this season), Nino Germano of LaScala Ristorante, Franklin Thomas of the Westin Hotel, and Rey Eugenio of Roy’s will work with them. I'm not sure why there are four chefs, but anyway. The prize is an internship working with Roy’s chefs.

If you have a culinary competition, you have to have celebrity judges, right? The ones tomorrow night will be Reagan Warfiel, host of Jojo, Reagan & the Mix Morning Show; Downtown Diane, entertainment reporter for 105.7 FM; Rodney Henry, owner of Dangerously Delicious Pies; Anita Marks, host of the MASN’s Anita Marks Show; and FOX 45 reporter Myranda Stephens. 

The event is called the Aloha Kitchen Challenge, and Roy Yamaguchi himself is coming to town to oversee it. Your dinner will consist of one course from each of the competing teams, one course from Yamaguchi, and one from the Baltimore restaurant's head chef Rey Eugenio.

Reservations are required. I really hope that someone who does this will report back.

(Photo courtesy of Roy's)

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