Jensen Cummings wins Ommegang's "Hop Chef".
Brewery Ommegang and SAVEUR Magazine's 2014 HopChef season ended on August 9 in Cooperstown, NY, with a competition between four regional HopChef winners. In the end, Jensen Cummings (above, right) of Denver's The BSide, won with his dish of Tender Belly pork meatballs with saison yeast-fermented kimchi, Cascade hops-spiked Sriracha, and wort soy reduction paired with Witte, Ommegang's wheat ale.
Each finalist chef had won a HopChef competition in their respective cities in order to compete at the finale in Cooperstown.
"We are always blown away by the taste and presentation of the HopChefs' dishes and this year was no exception," said Bill Wetmore, marketing director for Ommegang. "Without a doubt, this was the toughest competition we've seen to date. The dishes were delicious and unique and each paired so perfectly with their chosen Ommegang beers. The judges really had a hard decision on their hands this year and I could have seen any of the chefs walking away with the title." As the winner, Mr. Cummings will receive a spotlight position on the SAVEUR Tastemakers chef advisory board, a spotlight in SAVEUR Magazine & StarChefs.com, a showcase with Brewery Ommegang at the StarChefs.com International Chefs Congress and a showcase station with Brewery Ommegang at the SAVEUR Summer BBQ, both in New York.
HopChef is part of Ommegang's Great Beer Deserves Great Food initiative--a program "dedicated to the advancement of great beer as a complement to fine fare."