Thomas Reagan Crowned Maine Lobster Chef of the Year 2011

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The Maine Lobster Chef of the Year 2011 was crowned after this year’s lobster cook-off competition held Friday at Portland, Maine’s three day food and wine event, Harvest on The Harbor.

Lobster Chef of the Year, Tom Reagan of Kennebunkport, Maine

The Maine Lobster Chef of the Year 2011 was crowned after this year’s lobster cook-off competition held Friday at Portland, Maine’s three day food and wine event, Harvest on The Harbor.

A live audience of two hundred lobster enthusiasts, journalists and industry representatives voted Personal Chef, Thomas Reagan this year’s Maine Lobster Chef of the Year after tasting an exceptional preparation of a Trio of Slow Poached Lobster Tail Nipponese.

Presented by the Maine Lobster Promotion Council, the annual Maine Lobster Chef of the Year cook-off competition helps celebrate and showcase Maine's peak lobster harvest season and Maine Lobster month by giving esteemed Maine chefs the opportunity to vie for the prestigious title. Maine's Governor, Paul LePage, has proclaimed October as Maine Lobster Month in recognition of the all important Fall Harvest Season for Maine Lobster.

The competition took place between Personal Chef Reagan, Chef Kristian Burrin of The Seasons of Stonington, and head Chef at Lake Parlin Lodge and Cabins, Ryan Campbell. Burrin prepared a Trio of Maine Lobster Rolls, and Campbell prepared Maine Lobster Three Ways.

The three esteemed chefs were selected from a large applicant pool of professionals who submitted their famous lobster recipes in hopes of having a chance at winning the title. After masking the names of chefs and restaurants, a panel of judges reviewed the recipes and selected their three favorites based on a variety of criteria.

“All three chefs did an exceptional job representing Maine lobster during its peak harvest season and showcasing innovative new ways for people to enjoy Maine Lobster,” said Dane Somers, Executive Director of the Maine Lobster Promotion Council. “We are proud to host this annual competition and pleased to partner with Maine’s premier food and wine event, Harvest on the Harbor, which allows us to share this special event with people from all over the country,” he continued.

Maine Lobster Chef of the Year, Thomas Reagan, not only has a passion for the culinary arts, but also a successful track record in real estate. He received an associates degree in Culinary Arts in 1995 and has won several cooking contests and accolades as a local Maine chef. He is proud to have already been a finalist in the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year Contest in the past.

At the competition, Reagan was awarded $1,000 in prize money and a display plaque identifying him as the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year.

Copies of the recipes by all three contestants can be found at http://www.lobsterfrommaine.com.

The Lobster Chef of the Year competition is a part of the larger Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau's culinary event Harvest on the Harbor held annually at Ocean Gateway in Portland, Maine. Harvest on the Harbor, presented by the Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau, brings nationally recognized chefs using Maine products and blends them with our own award winning local chefs in celebrating Maine as a culinary travel destination. Last fall more than 4,000 foodies from Maine and around the country attended Harvest on the Harbor

For more information on Harvest on the Harbor please visit http://www.harvestontheharbor.com.

Photo caption from left to right: Thomas Reagan, Maine Lobster Chef of the Year 2011 and Dane Somers, Executive Director of the Maine Lobster Promotion Council

For information on the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year Contact:
Marianne LaCroix,
Director of Marketing
Maine Lobster Council
(207) 541-9310
MLaCroix(at)lobsterfrommaine(dot)com

Angie Helton
Public Relations
(207) 653-0365
nema(at)maine(dot)rr(dot)com

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