The executive chef at Fallston Barrel House, won the burger competition at the inaugural Maryland Foodie Fest in Aberdeen last weekend.
Mike Fuggitti won with his jalapeno-bacon-wrapped meatloaf burger slathered with homemade barbecue sauce, which was invented specifically for the competition, said restaurant owner Bill Grose. Now, it’s on the menu, he added.
The Foodie Fest was the restaurant’s first big cooking competition, Grose said, and now, they’re bound for the World Food Championships in Dallas this October.
"This is definitely a first for me, and I think it's a first for all of us," Grose said. "It's pretty exciting. There was a lot of good cooks there — anybody could have won."
Grose also has a restaurant in downtown Baltimore, which is called the Brewer’s Cask. Both of his restaurants serve craft beer — and plenty of burgers.
Fuggitti was unable to be reached about the win.
Terence Tomlin won the seafood competition at the Foodie Fest with his seared scallops with mango corn puree. Tomlin was the executive chef of Hawthorne tavern in Washington, D.C., and has experience opening a restaurant and cooking in other venues in the Washington, D.C., and New York areas. He will also move on to the World Food Championships.
The Maryland Foodie Fest was a family-friendly food festival, held at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, with food pairings and samples from restaurants throughout Maryland, craft beer and wine, vendors and live music.
The festival’s cooking competitions, which were open to both home and professional chefs, are the only competitions in Maryland sanctioned by the World Food Championships.
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A portion of Foodie Fest’s proceeds benefited the Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation, which seeks to enhance the food service and hospitality industry’s training and education, career development and community engagement.