Chef Chris, The Culinary Rockstar

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My weekend started on Thursday. It was an accident (oops!), but whatever. It was supposed to be a long weekend anyway, right? Happy Labor Day, yo!

Remember how I was all kinds of excited about Savor Pittsburgh because it was going to be an awesome night?

My brother, the Executive Chef/General Manager at Table, was competing in the charity culinary competition. Chris is an amazing chef, who always creates the most ah-mazing dishes, so I was confident there’d be fabulous food. Plus, I love watching him cook. He’s so creative and confident, and he always looks like he’s having a ball. And since my brother used the phrase “all you can drink” when telling me about the event, I was certain it would be a blast.


I was SO right.

My parents, our buddy Ryan, my BFF Jess and I got all dolled up and headed downtown early Thursday evening. When we arrived, we grabbed a glass of champagne and made a bee-line for Table’s booth.



Chris and his crew were buzzing away, preparing plates for judging.






This was Chris’s creation:


Seared scallops glazed with bourbon-infused teryaki over a wasabi-dusted wonton and fried rice

Seared scallops glazed with bourbon-infused teryaki over a wasabi-dusted wonton and fried rice

After checking in on the little bro, and realizing he was crazy-busy, we set out to explore the rest of the event.

We ate and ate and drank and drank:


1// Corn custard with shrimp and mango* – delish! Who knew corn custard was a thing?

2// Pico de gallo from Verde Mexican Kitchen and Cantina – the freshest-tasting thing I have ever put in my mouth!

3// Grape leaves and hummus and something pickled that was sooo tasty!*

4// My dad getting a drink at the Tito’s Homemade Vodka display

*I’d love to give the creators of these dishes credit, but my parents just handed me plates, so I have no idea where they came from, or what the pickled goodness was.Β 

A good time was had by all, but that was just beginning. The real party started when this happened:


The scallop dish that this kid…


…and the Table team served won the award for Best Entree!!


So naturally my dad, aided by his good friends Excitement and Vodka,Β stole made sure Chris didn’t forget to take the sign from the display table home with him. Obviously, everyone had to pose together with the stolen remembered sign, lest they forget where they work.


Then we danced,


and laughed,


and celebrated,


and danced some more.


Then we moved the celebration to the bar, where even more ridiculousness happened.


But, hey, at least Mom now has some good photos of the kids for this year’s Christmas card.


Congratulations, Bud! All of your hard work paid off and we couldn’t be prouder!!






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  • Cindi

    Awesome description of the night! You said it all , it could not have been said any better πŸ™‚

  • Kathy

    Congratulations Chris, your creation looks awesome:)

  • this event looks right up my alley! and congrats to your brother! i want to be a chef in my next life πŸ™‚

  • ahhh this is amazing, especially since i’m a fellow Pittsburgher and have been to table a few times! now I have another reason to go back again! πŸ™‚
    — jackie @ jade and oak