Boothbay Harbor Chefs Named Lobster Chefs of 2017

Boothbay Harbor Country Club executive sous chef Nathaniel Adam was named the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year at the annual contest held October 20 in Portland. Chef Stephen Richards of the Fisherman’s Wharf Inn was named the People’s Choice 2017 Lobster Chef of the Year.

A total of eight chefs prepared dishes for 200 diners as part of the city’s Harvest on the Harbor festival. The lucky diners sampled nine different lobster dishes during the two-hour event, ranging from lobster tacos to lobster bolognese with brown butter foam.

Adam, 22, won the award for his dish, Lobster in Foliage, composed of caramelized shallot, lobster agnolotti, lobster Newburg and hazelnut brown butter. Adam is on something of a roll: in September, he took the Judges’ Choice Award at Boothbay Harbor’s Claw Down competition. Adams hails from Bonita Springs, Florida; he returns to the state to work during the winter months as a private chef.

Richards won for his entry, smoked lobster and mascarpone-stuffed and tempura-battered zucchini blossom with truffled corn confit fondue, sticky cranberry, pumpkin seed granola and black trumpet powder. Richards was Maine Lobster Chef of the Year in 2014.

Judges for the Oct. 20 event were Karen Watterson, food editor of Maine Magazine; Susan Povich, owner of Red Hook Lobster Co.; Christopher Pagagni, consultant for Maine Foodie Tours, Maine Grains and Portland Phoenix; and Erin Ovalle, executive producer of MaineLife. Other chefs competing were Melissa Bouchard of Dimillo’s on the Water, Bo Byrne of Tiqa, Baxter Key and Andy Gerry of Highroller Lobster Company, Isaac Aldrich of Sebasco Harbor Resort, Avery Richter of The Black Tie Company and David Squillante of Shipyard Brewing Company.