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The king of the kitchen

OSV chef out-duels competition to claim top prize

Tim Quinn, the executive chef at Old Sturbridge Village’s Oliver Wight Tavern, recently won the “Worcester’s Best Chef” top prize. (click for larger version)
February 08, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Tim Quinn, an executive chef from Old Sturbridge Village's Oliver Wight Tavern, can flat out cook.

Last Sunday, Jan. 30, Quinn was selected as the Overall Iron Chef Winner at Worcester's Best Chef Competition held inside Mechanics Hall.

The event lasted nearly 12 hours, as 24 chefs from establishments throughout central Massachusetts arrived early in the morning, prepared their signature dishes for the better part of the afternoon, and competed well into the evening.

"Our guests really enjoyed themselves at this year's event, and everyone was thrilled with the food and the atmosphere," said Domenic Mercurio, a member of the Worcester's Best Chef Committee who organized the competition.

Each competitor's dish was evaluated by a panel of celebrity chef judges, including Stanley Nicas, of the Culinary Institute of America, Barry Sexton from the Food Network, and Christina Adrianopoulos, of Dining Out MetroWest. The judges spent several hours attempting to narrow down the field to three competitors who would proceed onto the stage to participate in the Iron Chef Competition.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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