Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hop Chef Miami-Brewery Ommegang 4.28.14


Brewery Ommegang will kick off its third annual HopChef Competition on Monday, April 28 from 7-10 p.m. at the Biltmore Hotel. Competing Miami chefs will pair dishes with Ommegang’s Belgian-style ales and compete for the title of Miami HopChef 2014. Tickets, which are now on-sale at, are the only way to take part in the HopChef action and include samplings of each chef’s delectable dishes and a selection of Ommegang ales.
The lineup:

· David Hackett – The Biltmore Hotel

· Alan Hughes – Embassy of Wellbeing and Debauchery

· Jacob Anaya – OTC

· Sean Brasel –Meat Market

· Andreu Silverman – Route 9

· Michell Sanchez – Latin House Burger & Taco

· Jason Pringle – DB Bistro

· Michael Meuse – Doubletree Miami Airport Convention Center
Each chef will create one dish showcasing their imaginative beer and food pairing skills. The dishes, each paired with a specific Ommegang beer, will be served to a panel of judges and attendees to taste and score.

The Miami judging panel includes: Chef Michael Schwartz, Master Cicerone Neil Witte, StarChefs Managing Editor Will Blunt, Prime 112 Head Chef Mike Sabin, and Pubbelly Chef Jose Mendin.

“Miami, with its vibrant foodie culture and neighborhoods, is the perfect location to kick off HopChef 2014,’’ said Bill Wetmore, Marketing Director for Brewery Ommegang. “This is our first year hosting a competition in Miami and we look forward to bringing some of the city’s top culinary talents together in the name of great beer and great food.”
The HopChef winner from Miami will be invited to the Grand Finale to compete against winners from Boston, Denver, San Francisco and Philadelphia at Ommegang’s annual Belgium Comes to Cooperstown festival on Aug. 9, 2014.The 2014 Grand Prize winner will receive a spotlight position on the SAVEURTastemakers board, a spotlight in SAVEUR Magazine & editorial, a showcase with Brewery Ommegang at the International Chefs Congress and a showcase station with Brewery Ommegang at the SAVEUR Summer BBQ, both in New York.

Additional cities hosting a HopChef Competition are:

· Boston – May
· San Francisco – June
· Philadelphia – July
· Cooperstown (HopChef Finals)- August
· Los Angeles – September
· New York City - October
· Dallas – November

Tickets, which are available for $75 each, can be purchased at include samples of each chef’s signature dish and accompanying Ommegang beers as well as a commemorative Brewery Ommegang glass. The Biltmore Hotel is located at 1200 Anastasia Ave. in Coral Cables and the HopChef Event will run from 7-10 p.m.


Brewery Ommegang, located on a 136-acre farmstead in Cooperstown, NY, is regarded by many as the most beautiful brewery in America. The company opened in 1997 to brew fine Belgian-style craft beers, which are now distributed in 44 states. The brewery offers daily tours and tastings as well as a 100-seat café and an annual calendar of events, concerts and beer festivals. For more information, visit Follow Ommegang on Twitter @BreweryOmmegang,, and on Instagram @BreweryOmmegang.

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