2 Port Aransas chefs place in World Chef Challenge
Two Port Aransas chefs finished in the top 10 in the recent World Chef Challenge at the World Food Championships in Alabama. Gail Huesmann, executive chef of Black Marlin Bar and Grill at the Palmilla Beach Resort and Golf Community, placed second. Spencer Cox, executive chef and partner at Lisabella’s Bistro and bar at Cinnamon Shore, came in fifth. Both qualified for the competition at the Texas Super Chef Throwdown in Port Aransas in October.
More than 500 teams from 12 countries and 40 states competed in the World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Alabama, on Nov. 7-11. Awards were given in categories, including barbecue, burger, chicken, chili, dessert, sandwich, seafood, steak, and the chef challenge.
Other local chefs competing in the world finals were:
• Emily Hernandez, La Barataria, Port Aransas, burgers
• Chris Collins, The Brewery, Port Aransas, chicken;
• Christopher Beasley, Bluewater Cowboy, Portland, seafood;
• Tina Crutchfield, Port Aransas, chili
• Max Axtell, Roosevelt’s, seafood
In the seafood championship, Axtell was 18th, while Beasley placed 32nd. Collins, who is a managing partner at McDaddy’s and Fins Grill, ranked 25th in the chicken championship.
Forty-four chefs represented the state of Texas at the championships. Port Aransas had the highest number of competing chefs from any one community.
Huesmann won with her chicken-fried sausage, gravy, hash, and eggs, a dish featured on the Sunday brunch menu at the Black Marlin.
As top-10 finishers, Huesmann and Cox automatically qualify for next year’s competition.
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