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​10th annual Ashland Culinary Festival honored Top Chef 2016 among many new exciting elements

Produced by the Ashland Visitor and Convention Bureau, the 2016 Festival welcomed over 1000 visitors and locals who enjoyed this destination culinary event. The 10th annual Ashland Culinary Festival welcomed more attendees and delicious food vendors than any other year in its history. Here are the winners from the weekend -

2016 Top Mixologist - Blake Henry of Brickroom

2016 Junior Chefs -  Rose Eschtruth-Harrison & Gabriele Livni from Ashland High School - Junior Chefs were given Albacore Tuna as the secret ingredient and were required to make both a starter and an entrée.

The Top Chef Competition results were as follows:

Round one winner: Javier Cruz of Standing Brewing Company received the highest score for round one with the secret ingredient of Black Cod & Buddha’s Hand, preparing one dish.

Round two winner: Morgan McKelvey of Smithfields Restaurant & Bar received the highest score for round two with the secret ingredient of Pork (Flat Iron, Rack and Pork Belly cuts) & Quince, preparing one dish.

Round three winner: Shay Spear representing Neuman Hotel Group (Luna Café & Larks Restaurant) received the highest score for round three with the secret ingredient of Arctic Char & Cactus Pear, preparing one dish. 

These three Chefs advanced to the final round along with Josh Dorcak of Scarpetta Prima (Top Chef 2015) who earned the 4th slot in the final as the Judge’s Choice in the WILD CARD position. 

In the final round, Josh Dorcak of Scarpetta Prima earned the most points with his execution of an entrée and a secondary dish of his choice with the secret ingredient being a curve-ball as a Vegetarian themed round. Chef Dorcak’s entrée was a Soy Glazed Beet with puffed sorghum, chanterelles, squash jus and hazelnuts and his secondary dish was a Matsutake Broth.  

Join us next year for the 11th annual
Ashland Culinary Festival
November 2nd – 5th, 2017 at the Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites

2016 Ashland Culinary Festival. Video produced by Darren Campbell in collaboration with Ashland Visitor & Convention Bureau. Edited by Ross Williams.


Top Chef 2016


Josh Dorcak of Scarpetta Prima pictured with his Sous Chef, Garrick Kosct of Ashland High School.
Photo by Graham Lewis

Top Mixologist 2016


Blake Henry of Brickroom pictured with Trish Glose from KTVL Channel 10 NEWS & West Coast Flavors. Trish was one of the Mixology Competition Judges.
Photo by Graham Lewis

2016 Junior Chef Winners


Pictured here are Team Members Rose Eschtruth-Harrison and Gabriele Livni of Ashland High School.
Photo by Graham Lewis

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