Chef Shawn Calley, the Executive Chef of the Burlington Country Club, was awarded the Culinary Cup and the People's Choice Award at the 3rd Annual Culinary Classic to benefit the Cancer Patient Support Foundation (CPSF). Calley is the first chef to win both awards and was the Culinary Cup Champion in 2015. This year he competed against: Chef Christian Kruse, Vergennes Laundry by CJ, Chef Donnell Collins, Leunig's Bistro & Café, Chef Adam Raftery, Waterworks Food + Drink, and Chef David Hoene, Pauline's Café.
For Calley the mission is what is important "I am humbled to be part of an event that makes such a difference to those in need, at a time when they need support the most."
The panel of judges felt Calley deserved to take home the Culinary Cup, as Judge Chef Curtiss Hemm explained, "In the end Chef Calley's use of texture, local ingredients, spices and cooking method all added to our unanimous decision."
Over $95,000 was raised to support cancer patients and their families in Vermont and Northern New York.