Last week, Joey left NYC and headed Montana to be the guest judge at the first annual “Flavors of the Northwest” Cooking Competition at KwaTaqNuk Resort and Casino. Joey worked alongside local judges Jennifer Brown, an instructor at Kicking Horse Culinary Arts, and Heather Knutson, the President of the Polson Chamber of Commerce.
Four local restaurants competed led by Chef Andy Blanton of Café Kandahar, Chef Mike Slabaugh of Nickel Charlie’s, Chef Nathan Ricciardi of Ricciardi’s, and Chef Ben Jones of Blue Canyon Restaurant who rained victorious.
Both Joey & Montanians alike are hoping this competition will become a tradition.
(both photos by Lailani Upham, top photo courtesy of http://www.charkoosta.com)