Maine’s 2015 Lobster Chef of the year

Published in Landings, November, 2015.

Chef Matt Ginn of Evo restaurant holds his award at the close of the 2015 Lobster Chef of the Year contest. Photos courtesy of MLMC.

Chef Matt Ginn of Evo restaurant holds his award at the close of the 2015 Lobster Chef of the Year contest. Photos courtesy of MLMC.

Matt Ginn, executive chef at four-month-old Evo restaurant in Portland, was named Maine’s Lobster Chef of the Year at a sold-out cooking contest in Portland in October, part of the annual Harvest on the Harbor festivities. Ginn created a poached lobster served Turkish style with hand-made pasta and roasted summer squash with yogurt and Roman beans. More than 225 people attended the event.

Chef Stephen Richards of Mine Oyster in Boothbay Harbor, the 2014 Maine Lobster Chef of the Year, was runner-up. He created a lobster dish prepared with a hand smoker. The lobster-glazed foie gras was layered with local goat cheese mousse, cranberry maple jam, brown butter creme fleurette and sweet and salty pine nut brittle.

The winning dish:  poached lobster served Turkish style with hand-made pasta and roasted summer squash with yogurt and Roman beans.

The winning dish: poached lobster served Turkish style with hand-made pasta and roasted summer squash with yogurt and Roman beans.

The annual contest is sponsored by the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative. The other chefs competing included Josh Berry of Union in The Press Hotel in Portland, Isaac Aldrich of Pilot House at Sebasco Harbor Resort in Bath, and Nicholas Krunkkala of The Thistle Inn in Boothbay Harbor, in addition to Ginn and Richards.

Ginn won a check for $1,000 and bragging rights to his title for the next year.