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REVEALED: Winners of the 2017 Newport Charter Show Chefs’ Competition

By Rebecca Bradbury   26 June 2017

The much-loved Chefs’ Competition at the 2017 Newport Charter Show, held on Rhode Island, New England, displayed exceptional culinary talent from the participants as they fought it out for the coveted title of ‘Best Charter Yacht Chef’.

While the luxury yachts were the standout feature for many attendees at last week’s industry-only Newport Charter Show, many of the superyacht chefs were hard at work in their galleys preparing gastronomic creations for the popular chefs’ contest.

As the dining experience is vital to the overall enjoyment of a luxury yacht charter, chef competitions provide brokers with invaluable insight into the meals guests can expect on board and are the perfect way for participants to showcase how their culinary skills set them apart.

For the 2017 event, competitors were given a basket of ingredients that included 10 oz. strips of Wagyu steak, various macros, flowers, greens, vegetables, herbs and rhubarb. They then had to prepare an entrée for each of the three judges, who would collectively choose the winning dish (and chef).

Winning dish at the 2017 Newport Charter Show from Ian Gabbe of superyacht RENAISSANCE
chef Ian Gabbe of motor yacht Renaissance prepares his winning dish at the Newport Charter Show 2017

Taking home first place was Ian Gabbe of Hargrave’s 35m/116ft superyacht RENAISSANCE. His Wagyu strip steak was grill marked and finished in the boiler before being placed on a bed of parsnip puree and drizzled with a chocolate mint flavoured Bordelaise sauce.

This was served alongside a mushroom ragout flavoured with most of the herbs provided, a light fresh salad dressed with a pop of vinaigrette, and a tomato and rhubarb jam.

Gabbe said: "At other competitions, there’s always a huge disparity between first and last place but, in this one, all the plates were phenomenal.” Indeed, only one point separated the chefs in first, second and third positions.

Jean-Marc Masson's dish, which came in second place in the Newport Charter Show Chefs' Competition in 2017
Chef Jean-Marc Masson in galley aboard superyacht BW at the 2017 Newport Charter Show
superyacht BW chef, Jean-Marc Masson, at the Newport Charter Show 2017

Second place was awarded to Chef Jean-Marc Masson of the 37m/120ft superyacht BW from Palmer Johnson. After cooking his Wagyu strip steak sous vide, he divided and presented the meat on top of four different bases: parsnip puree, radish and rhubarb puree, shitake and radish duxele, and tomato jam.

He then garnished the plate with mushroom and radish pickles, braised radish and a cress coulis.

Finishing in third place was Chef Daniele Messina of the 34m/112ft superyacht ‘Frisky Lady’ from Westport.

At this year's Chefs' Competition, only one point separated the chefs in first, second and third positions

Chef Daniele Messina preparing dishes at the Newport Charter Show 2017
3rd placed dish at the 2017 Newport Charter Show from chef Daniele Messina of superyacht Frisky Lady

A selection of other crew competitions also took place, which saw more success for BW. The yacht’s head stewardess Bex Kerol and colleague Sarah Lind’s beautifully complex yet soothing arrangement of peonies and ivy vine amidst a blue and green table setting won them best overall position in the Tablescaping Competition.

The team also took the runner-up spot behind the 60m/198ft superyacht ‘Blue Moon’ from Feadship in the Designer Water Competition. The challenge was to make flavoured water utilizing the water on board in tanks. Blue Moon’s was infused with strawberry, kiwi and lemon, and served in a classy reusable bottle.

There was also a Speciality Cocktail Competition. Scooping the top prize was Grace Dvornik of the 20m/65ft sailing yacht SERENITY with her Keel vodka infused with lime and jalapenos, mixed with cilantro, lime, pineapple and jalapenos syrup.

table set for the tablescaping competition aboard superyacht BW at the Newport Charter Show 2017
close up of table set for tablescaping contest aboard motor yacht BW at the Newport Charter Show 2017
winning Vodka cocktail at the Newport Charter Show 2017
table set for the tablescaping competition at the Newport Charter Show 2017

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