Apr 272017
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Culinary Fight Club is a National Food Sport Organization. They produce live cooking competitions to highlight local Culinary Talent, ingredients and resources. Culinary Fight Club competitions take place in Chicago, Omaha, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Boston, Knoxville, Johnson City, Pittsburgh, Virginia Beach, Charlotte, Twin Cities, Kansas City, Montgomery, Charlotte, Charleston, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Los Angeles and now Boston!  I was invited to attend the inaugural Boston event and it was such a fun experience.

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The Chefs Competing in Boston’s First Culinary Fight Club Event.

Culinary Fight Club brings the passion of a high-energy kitchen and the thrill of a timed competition for you to enjoy. As a self proclaimed foodie and someone who is obsessed with cooking competition shows on the Food Network, it was amazing to be able to attend an event like this live and see the chefs in action with my own eyes.  No two events are the same, with new teams and themes every time, so you will definitely want to attend as many events as possible.

At each event, attendees watch as contestants from home cooks to executive chefs race for their pantry and have 45 seconds to pick their ingredients. Contestants get to choose from 15 provided ingredients. From there, contestants have 60 minutes to create the most gourmet dish that represents their take on the theme, which this time was pork. The audience and judges vote and decide on a winning dish.

The Chefs were ready to run for their ingredients!

The five chefs got as many ingredients as they could in 45 seconds!

Any ingredients that fell on the floor could not be used by the chefs. As careful as they all tried to be, there were a few things that ended up on the floor.

Once each of the five chefs in this competition had chosen their ingredients from the pantry, they then had 60 minutes to make their dish.  It was so much fun to walk around and see each one of them in action.

In addition to being an incredibly fun event, Culinary Fight Club events give back to the 501(c) (3) non profit organization Fight2Feed, an organization that partners top restaurants with food trucks to provide service and support to hungry families in our communities. Each ticket helps fund Fight2Feed, an that organization has fed over 30,000 people since its launch in 2014. The food from this particular event went to Rescuing Leftover Cuisine.

As I mentioned, each competition has a theme and Boston’s first theme was “pork”. Chefs used Dole & Bailey Pork Products and to battle to create the best pork dish in less than 60 minutes. The pantry was provided by Reinhart Foodservice and people that attended the event received sponsored beverages from Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin and the Mayflower Brewing Company, where the competition was hosted.

Chef Mike Fucci’s Final Dish.

In the competition there were five chefs battling to receive a golden ticket for the World Food Championships.

The Competitors were:

  • Executive Chef Brian McElhiney
  • Chef & Owner Gregg Brackman, G Bar and Kitchen
  • Executive Chef & Owner Mike Fucci, Chef Mike’s Catering
  • Executive Chef Dan DeLancey, The Lobster Trap
  • Executive Chef Jay Austin, Stephanie’s On Newbury

The judges had a tough decision, but were able to narrow it down to one winner!

After the judges had made their decision, it was up to the attendees to try a bite from each of the chef’s and cast their votes.

In case you’re wondering who won the inaugural Boston Event, it was chef Gregg Brackman.

Here he is plating his meal for the judges:

Chef Gregg Brackman Cooking Pork

Chef Gregg Brackman Pork Dish in Competition

Culinary Fight Club will return to Boston on Monday, July 31 for The Steak Challenge and Saturday, September 2 for The Amazing Culinary Fight Club Pantry Race.

For more information, visit http://culinaryfightclub.com.

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  88 Responses to “Culinary Fight Club: Boston – Pork Event Recap #culinaryfightclub”

  1. Tv has certainly encouraged many of these different food events. Some are getting really high class and attracting hundreds of people to watch. The competition is fierce. Some wonderful food is produced.

  2. I would love to attend something like this. It looks like so much fun on TV.

  3. This looks like a lot of fun, and love that it’s also a fund raiser. We see these shows on TV but your photos show that this show includes a lot more audience participation making it so very real. Thanks for sharing …

  4. I love my food and some of the food prepared and pictured are just too tasty! I’d definitely love to attend or even watch a video of the chefs scrambling for their ingredients!

  5. Ooo everything looks delicious! I do love my meat, so I’d have enjoyed this event.

  6. This is awesome! I’d never heard of this before beyond some of the similarly themed TV shows. I’m going to have to check out if this type of thing is going on in my neck of the woods as I’m not from Boston.

  7. This looks so cool! What an awesome experience. I too, love watching cooking competition shows. It would be amazing to see this live!

  8. Oh my gosh this looks so cool! I would’ve loved to go into this. The food looks delicious but it just looks like a fun atmosphere.

  9. Aww yeah. Culinary Fight Club focusing on pork? We’re the real winners in this scenario.

  10. I would LOVE to see one of these in person. In addition to being obsessed with travel, I’m also a HUGE foodie, so this would be so much fun for me!

  11. I love watching Chopped, so this event looks right up my alley! How cool that you got to go!

    • I love watching Chopped too! Chopped and Cutthroat Kitchen are my favorite cooking shows.

  12. Love cooking competitions are the best! Looks like an awesome time. I’m impressed with the final dish!

  13. Yes! I want to go there and get punched in the face with a pork sandwich! Put me in the ring. PUT ME IN THE RING! Om nom nom nom.

  14. This looks like a really neat event and the food looks amazing. This would be really cool to watch in person.

  15. I love this idea! Even the setting reminds me of the fight club movie. Though this looks so much funner (and less painful lol) than that. Would love to attend one of these.

  16. This sounds like so much fun. Stella and I watch all sorts of cooking competitions on TV. What a great experience.

  17. holy moly guacamole! everything looks amazing! we love BBQ here in the south and this event looks so fun!

  18. What a fun sounding event and how great it was a fund raiser as well. That finished dish from Mike Fucci looks delicious.

  19. Oh my goodness, this is just genius. I love this and so love that it was a fund raiser. Great post.

  20. I love watching food competitions on tv, so I bet this was an awesome event to attend! I would love to eat all their creations.

  21. Oh wow, what an intense competition. This must have been a real challenge! It looks like they did a good job with what ingredients they had!

  22. I would definitely go and watch this. I am a huge fan of all cooking shows and to see something live? Like this? Count me in!

  23. This looks like such a fun event to watch. I also like that it gives back to a good cause!

  24. I have participated in a contest similar to this before and it’s so fun! Makes me want to do it again after reading your post.

  25. This sounds like so much fun to see in person. I love watching cooking shows like Chopped and the like. I think it’s really cool that they get to showcase local talent WHILE helping a great cause!

  26. My husband would love this event. It is like one that he watches on TV

  27. This looks like so much fun! We need something like this in the UK. I would literally want to eat everything in sight,

  28. This reminds me of a similar show I watch on Food Network. And the name is very catchy too I love it .

  29. Wow. This sounds like a really fun thing to watch! Not to mention that you get to taste test the food. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing.

  30. That would be a fun event to see in person. Looks like it was really interesting, I’d love to see the chefs in action.

  31. now this would be a fun evening. Looks like there were some great chefs there.

  32. How cool! I’m a fan of skilled and talented chefs. It’s great they have this local event to encourage creativity.

  33. This looked amazing to have been able to see in person. I would love to go to an event like this.

  34. This looks so cool and so much fun! How exciting to be able to attend! It looks like you got to try some delicious food too!

  35. This looks like a lot of fun! I love the rule that they couldn’t use anything that was dropped, adds an extra twist for sure!

  36. Oh I would have loved to be there for this it looks like a lot of fun & the food looks delicious!

  37. I want to be the judge! That meal looks incredible. How fun that you got to go and be a part of the fun!

  38. I would love to attend the Culinary Fight Club. It looks like so much fun and the food the chefs created looks delicious.

  39. What a fun event. I love it even more knowing that they partner up to help the hungry in the community!

  40. I love competitive cooking events like this one. It’s amazing the dishes they are able to come up with even though they are under pressure and cooking against the clock.

  41. I went to an outdoor food festival once with a cooking competition. It was so interesting to see all of the different creations everyone came up with.

  42. That’s very cool. If it comes back this way in LA I will definitely have to check it out. it sounds like a lot of fun.

  43. I must say this is a fabulous idea to organise a food event. It was so interesting to see all of the different creations everyone came up with.

  44. Culinary Fight Club is such a fun name for an event!! All of that cooking looks amazing and I seriously wish I was able to taste it/be one of the judges! 😉

  45. This looks like a great way to spend the day! Good food and good times. And did I see a ginormous bottle of my fave bbq sauce? Sweet Baby Rays? Yum! And those sliders look amazing.

  46. Congratulations to Chef Gregg Brackman! His dish does look delicious and mouth watering. This must have been an awesome event to witness. I love the title too.

  47. This is awesome. It looks like a so much fun and its great that this is all for a generous cause.

  48. Oh this is just so awesome!!! Ha! My other half would absolutely love to do this!

  49. Looks like a fun show. I love watching cooking shows also and got addicted at some point. It must have been great to be invoted to that event.

  50. It is unbelievable how these Chefs can come up with their culinary creations even if they are working under time pressure! Even their plating is superbly done!

  51. That looks so much fun! What an amazing opportunity to be invited to that competition. Thanks for sharing it with us

  52. This looks like such a fun event! There are so many talented people out there and I like watching them when they’re doing what they love!

  53. I would enjoy seeing them put together their meal. That is not long enough for sure! I’d panic.

  54. What an amazing experience! Looks like everyone had a great time and made some irresistable dishes!

  55. This looks like an unique way to have some fun!
    Not to mention, the delicious-looking food going on!

  56. How AMAZING is this! i love the food network and watch shows like this all the time, so something like this would be right up my alley to watch. Looks like it would be wicked awesome to watch in person. These type of competitions are so fun to watch!

  57. What a neat place! I had no idea this existed. What a fun spot to visit!

  58. This food looks amazing. I don’t go to Boston nearly enough.

  59. This isn’t so interesting! I’ve never heard of it. I’m from Kansas City so I’ll definitely have to check this out!

  60. I am such a foodie and love to cook! The only channel I watch on TV is the Food Network, so I would have LOVED to attend this!!

  61. How interesting! I love to see cooking shows where there is a competition. The carnage on the floor from where the ingredients feel is kind of funny!

  62. This is so interesting and looks like a lot of fun. I would love to attend one, one day.

  63. Wow this looks like an awesome and at the same time crazy event. I’d love to experience attending this kind of event. I love to see the cooking skill of every contestant.

  64. Any event that has good food is an event that I’ll enjoy and love. This sounds like a lot of fun to watch! I’m sure you all had a great time too.

  65. I would LOVE to watch a live food competition! I never would have thought to call food a sport, but the competition is legit!

  66. Holy cow this looks like it was awesome to watch! All that food looks yum, it looks like it was a great time!

  67. I love watching masterchef series. This looks like a great event to attend and watch. Thank you for sharing

  68. How awesome is this event! It’s definitely all about food so I’m totally in. I’m sure it was exciting to watch the chefs run around and create dishes.

  69. I have never seen a cook off in person and I would love to! How I wish I lived near or in Boston! This looks like a lot of fun.

  70. I have never heard of these events!! Looks awesome! I’m going to need to find out when they might be back in Boston or Providence. And the food ….

  71. And color me officially drooling over here. That sandwich looks out of this world yummy! Am I right?! 🙂

  72. And color me officially drooling over here. That sandwich looks out of this world yummy! Am I right?! 🙂

  73. I can’t believe these chefs can come up with great tasting food in an hour! I wish I could be like them. Congratulations to Chef Gregg!

  74. That would be a fun event to attend. I’m always amazed at the dishes created by chefs, especially under demand.

  75. This is so funny and it looks so good! I actually love pulled pork, and there are some amazing hole in the wall pork places in Sarasota. I would love to go to an event like this!

  76. I was hoping to make this event too. I knew it would be packed with fun, and lots of yummy bites!

  77. Wow I love Culinary Fight club sounds like they put out some amazing events. I could only imagine how tasty all the dishes were.

  78. Great event recap! I love a great food competition!

  79. What a grand event. I am a food blogger and love attending foodie events and festival. So many great impulses one gets from such events. Great recap!

  80. Wooow…it must be interesting to see all those culinary fights live! Even watching similar event on TV give me the excitement 🙂

  81. I would hate to be on the cleaning crew for a show like this. Could you imagine? I bet they all had a blast, however.

  82. This looks amazing!! I would love to attend one of these! Ooh this would be the ultimate date night with the hubby!

  83. This looks like such a fun event! I would love to try all the food!

  84. This looks like it was a great event to watch. I am obsessed with cooking shows and would have loved to be there in the middle of the excitement.

  85. Mmmm looks like a really fun event. Who doesn’t love food Lol… I do this would have been a really fun event to attend too 🙂

  86. What a fun event! I would love to attend something like this! I’d also love to taste it all. LOL.

  87. This looks amazing! I love pork in any form and I would love to taste this.