3rd annual Chowder Cook-off winners announced

By News Staff


Thousands of chowder lovers gathered at the Newport Yachting Center Saturday for the 33rd Annual Polar Seltzer Great Chowder Cook-Off.  

Not only did chowder lovers get to taste chowders from the best chefs across the nation, but they also had a job of determining who was going to take home the coveted titles of “Best Clam,” “Best Seafood” and “Best Creative” chowder and thousands in prize money.

The winners are:

The 2014 Best Clam Chowder

1st Place – Stefano’s Seafood Restaurant, Long Beach Island, New Jersey
2nd Place – Pike Place Chowder, Seattle, Washington
3rd Place – Luke’s Lobster/Hurricane’s Soup, Greene, Maine & New York City

The 2014 Best Seafood Chowder

1st Place – The West Bar, Westport County Mayo, Ireland
2nd Place – Melville Grille, Portsmouth, Rhode Island
3rd Place – The Mooring Kitchen & Bar, Newport, Rhode Island

The 2014 Best Creative Chowder

1st Place – TRIO, Narragansett, Rhode Island
2nd Place – StoneRidge, Mystic, Connecticut
3rd Place – 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille, Newport, Rhode Island

People’s Choice Most Spirited Team Winner – Pike Place Chowder, Seattle, Washington

Best Decorated Booth Winner – Fat Face Fenner’s Fishack, Hermosa Beach, California

“Stefano’s won its third title in a row in the Clam Category which means they are now in the Great Chowder Cook-Off Hall of Fame while The West Bar from Ireland beat out two-time local champion the Melville Grille in the Seafood category and Rhode Island’s-own TRIO in Narragansett was deemed the most creative chowder of the day,“ said Mike Martin, Director of Newport Waterfront Events. “However, the real winners were the thousands of attendee-judges who came out to enjoy all the chowder and entertainment, as well as the local charities that benefited from the event.”

(C) WLNE-TV 2014