Carolyn takes the crown at Seattle's first "Game of Chefs!"

More than 100 friends, family and culinary professionals attended the first annual “Game of Chefs” competition in the Pike Place Market Atrium Kitchen last Wednesday night, and Belle Epicurean’s own Chef Carolyn iced the competition with a small plate offering crafted entirely of local ingredients. Her winning dish? A tender Harissa-flavored puff pastry shell with sausage-braised kimchi, a poached quail egg nestled against a brown butter crab leg, and all finished with a piquant crab Albufera sauce. Sponsored by the Seattle Good Business Network, the local ingredient focus gave Chefs Carolyn, Alvin Go, and Will Gordon the chance to showcase their talent with Northwest flavors. At the end of the evening, when Carolyn and sous chef Michelle finished garnishing the last pastry shell with a pyramid of frizzled leeks, the ballot box made it clear the team would be taking home the top prize: hers was the popular choice with the audience as well as the professional choice of the five judges. An embellished cutting board served as the first- place trophy, which we cannot wait to display in our cafes! 

Congratulations, Carolyn!