Little Deer Isle blacksmith Doug Wilson (right) triumphantly raises the “Best in Show trophy at the 13th Annual “Men Who Cook” contest Saturday evening at Deer Isle-Stonington High School. Wilson and his “Island Smiths” teammates and blacksmithing apprentices Griffith Kellogg of Orono and Tom Kellogg of Deer Isle prepared Five Spice Pork Stew as their entry in the contest held by the Edible Island Edible Island Culinary and Ecological Center. Center Director Wes Norton (far left) announced the winners. PHOTO BY JENNIFER OSBORN

Blacksmith Doug Wilson and team win top trophy



DEER ISLE — Blacksmith Doug Wilson and apprentices Griffith and Tom Kellogg, calling themselves the “Island Smiths,” won over diners, taking “Best in Show” Saturday night for their Five Spice Pork Stew at the 13th annual “Men Who Cook” dinner held at Deer Isle-Stonington High School.

Hosted by the Edible Island Culinary and Ecological Center, the annual contest’s Best Soup or Salad winner was Phil Elkin for his Hungarian Mushroom Soup. In the Appetizer and Main Dish category, Barrett Gray’s Seafood Newberg triumphed while Demetrius Pezaris and H. Phoenix wowed diners with their Bavarian Crème Popovers and landed the Best Dessert award.

More than 130 diners cast their votes for favorite dishes after sampling a smorgasbord of entries ranging from Spicy Thai Noodles and Biscuit Tortoni to Mediterranean Farro Salad and Nutella Crepe Cakes.
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More than 130 folks turned out for the culinary extravaganza, which drew 27 contestants. Their entries ranged widely from Spicy Thai Noodles and Biscuit Tortoni to Mediterranean Farro Salad and Nutella Crepe Cakes.

Isle of Jazz provided music while diners perused and sampled the eclectic mix of dishes. All proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Zach Rosenfield Memorial Scholarship, which supports graduating high school seniors pursuing studies related to the culinary arts, agriculture, ecology, health and nutrition. To date, the scholarship program has awarded funds, totaling $7,500, to seven students.

To learn more about Edible Island, call 367-5888 and visit www. www.edibleisland.org.