Gwen Fowler



Brentwood chef wins Coastal Uncorked finale

Posted 5/16/2011 9:52:00 AM

Chef Eric Masson of the Brentwood Restaurant in Little River outcooked a group of fellow Grand Strand chefs Sunday night to win the Food Fight and Tasting Finale Event of the second Coastal Uncorked Wine and Food Festival.

In the final round of competition, Masson faced Chef Mike McKinnon of The Cypress Room at Island Vista in Myrtle Beach, the 2010 winner. The chefs created dishes from hog snapper, shrimp and littleneck clams.

McKinnon came in second place, and Chef James Clark of Waterscapes at Marina Inn placed third.
Six chefs competed in rounds, each with different mystery ingredients, for the right to go up against McKinnon.

Other chefs competing were Brad Daniels of Croissants Bistro and Bakery; Andrew Gardo of The Sea Captain’s House; Andreann Geise of Mykonos; and Eric Wagner of Horry Georgetown Technical College

Judges were cookbook authors and food writers Matt and Ted Lee, and Tony Hirsh of the Myrtle Beach chapter of Chaine des Rotisseus, a food and wine society.

The Lee Brothers participated in a number of Coastal Uncorked events. They did a book signing at the Wine Tasting on Saturday, opened the show for Southern cook Paula Deen on Saturday night, and mingled with the crowd at the Lee Brothers Brunch on Sunday.

While the chefs cooked, audience members enjoyed wine and other spirits, including samples of the official cocktail of Coastal Uncorked, the Ketel One Dreamcicle, a martini made from Ketel One Oranje, Triple Sec, Sour Mix, orange juice, simple syrup and cream. Christa Brown and Jeffrey Ray, mixologists from the House of Blues, won the competition in April.

And the food was plentiful, as it was throughout Coastal Uncorked. There was shrimp and grits from the Sea Captain’s House; grits, beef short ribs and fried brussel sprouts from Divine Dining; desserts from Croissants Bistro and Bakery; and sushi prepared by Horry Georgetown Technical College’s culinary program.