MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association hosted its tenth annual Trio Dinner on Monday, April 25, 2016 at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel, the host sponsor. A special thanks also goes out to Leisure Time Unlimited for the dazzling décor and event set-up.

Chefs had the opportunity to enter one dish to be judged for the “Best Dish” and “People’s Choice” awards. The winners of each award are:

BEST DISH AWARD (as selected by American Culinary Federation ‘ACF’ Judges):

1st Place – Chef Sean Thomas, Bondfire Restaurant Group

               Dish: Char siu pork belly

2nd Place – Chef Dan Smith, Frank’s OutBack

            Dish: Seared snapper, oven dried grape tomato risotto, garlic basil butter sauce and Hulls Island microgreens

3rd Place – Chef Jamie Saunders, Johnny D’s Waffles & Bakery

Dish: Corn and pepper shrimp cakes - A crispy shrimp cake, over a remoulade sauce topped with a lump crab relish


1st Place – Chef Tony Kzaz, Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Dish: "A Taste of Peru" - Tiradito Pucusana - Sashimi style Peruvian ceviche thin sliced salmon marinated in passion fruit, lime, aji Amarillo chili, cilantro, red onion, bell pepper and scallions

2nd Place – Chef Steven Sleeman, Frank’s OutBack

            Dish: Homemade tomato infused ravioli with pimento cheese

3rd Place – Chef Sean Thomas, Bondfire Restaurant Group

               Dish: Char siu pork belly

The Trio Dinner is the culmination of a culinary arts mentorship program that pairs a professional chef with two students, one in high school and one in college. Each trio showcased its unique cuisine at the Trio Dinner.

High school students that participated in the mentorship program were from the Academy for Technology and Academics. This magnet school receives students from throughout Horry County, who have an opportunity to sample hospitality courses including culinary arts in the middle and early high school years. The college students completing the trio were from the culinary arts program at Horry-Georgetown Technical College.

The Trio Dinner’s purpose is to support and promote the hospitality industry’s culinary arts profession and to give each student real-world experience in creating an original dish with the guidance of an executive chef. This event is very important to the Grand Strand culinary arts programs. A portion of the proceeds of the event go to MBAHA scholarship funds directed at Hospitality and Culinary education.

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