Travis Tveit, head chef at Iron Goat Brewing, won the Chef Battle Spokane competition Sunday afternoon – and the chance to compete in November at the West Coast Regionals.
Chef Battle is a national cooking competition produced by Social Power Hour. During the local event, held at CenterPlace Regional Event Center in Spokane Valley, nine local chefs competed for a chance to advance to an hour-long culinary face-off and the title of Spokane’s Best Chef.
Tveit competed against Chris Selfridge, executive chef and owner of Simmer Restaurant in Moses Lake; David Lee, corporate chef at Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar; Jonathan Smith Sr., chef and owner at Perfectchef Catering; David Adlard, chef and owner at Candle in the Woods in Athol; Brian Viramontes, chef at Saphire Catering; Will Scott, company chef at Moondollars Bistro in Post Falls; Cameron Deuel, an independent chef; and Dustin Neeson, a chef at Palouse Bar and Grill.
Tveit, Adlard and Scott made it to the final round. Tveit’s salmon dish came out on top.
Judges were: Erin Peterson, founder and owner at Spokane Culinary Arts Guild; Cambria Henry, a tastemaker with Spokane Culinary Arts Guild; Colby Rosauer of Rosauer Supermarkets; and Ian Rudick of Smart Foodservice Warehouse Stores.
The West Coast Regionals takes place in California on Nov. 3. Chefs will compete for a chance to move to the All-American Chef Battle in early 2020.
Sponsors of the local event were Smart Foodservice Warehouse Stores, Maryhill Winery, Spokane Culinary Arts Guild, Try This Dish Radio and Food News Today. Charity partners include Golden Rule Charity and Big Table.
For more info, visit socialpowerhour.com.