Michael Symon hosted more than 40 of the nation’s top chefs as they delighted guests with their best dishes and savory side dishes to pair with cocktails from the Moet Hennessy portfolio. Joining Symon as co-hosts this year were the stunning models featured in the upcoming 50th Anniversary edition of the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.
A Cleveland native, Symon grew up in a Greek and Sicilian family and is known for his soulful and passionate energy for food. A Food Network television star and decorated chef, Symon’s second cookbook “Carnivore” was dedicated to meat lovers everywhere, and we can’t think of anyone more suited to host our signature celebration of ‘cue.
The winners of “Fire Up the Flavor” for the participants using Creekstone Farms product judged by Pat LaFrieda and Nathan Stambaugh, was for the first time tie between Chris Santos & Joey Companaro. The winner split the prize of $500 for the charity of his/her choice, courtesy of Creekstone. Crowned as Queen and King were Amy & Mike Mills of the 17th Street BBQ as the winners of The Kingsford Award, judged by Jeff Mauro & Katie Lee.