Located on the island of Nantucket, this boutique experience of world class wines and award winning food will forever change you. Over the past 21 years, the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival has become one of the most celebrated wine and food events in the country.
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Junior Top Chef
10:00am - 12:00pm
Nantucket, MA 02584
Watch four teams of culinary students go head-to-head as they compete for the title of “Junior Top Chef Champion” with the prize of a $10,000 Culinary Scholarship benefiting the Nantucket High School Culinary Arts Program. Mentored by Sodexo Chefs, the teams will be given a mystery basket of ingredients and will have one hour to prep, plate and present their dishes to the Celebrity Chefs for judging. Judges include Joseph Keller, Executive Chef of Company of the Cauldron; Tiffani Faison, Chef & Owner of Sweet Cheeks Q and Tiger Mama, Dennis Powell of Butter Pat Industries and Ed Brylczyk of Dole & Bailey.
Admission is a $10 suggested donation to the Nantucket Food Pantry. Kids under 18 attend for free! Proceeds will be donated to The Nantucket Food Pantry.
Tiffani Faison, Chef and Owner, Sweet Cheeks Q / Tiger Mama
Chef Tiffani Faison began as a line cook for celebrity chef Todd English. She soon was given the opportunity to travel and cook side-by-side with Chef Todd English, and was then hand-selected by Chef Daniel Boulud to open his first West Coast venture, the Wynn Hotel.
In 2006 Tiffani was cast on the first season of Bravo’s “Top Chef” and placed as the runner-up. After the frenzy of “Top Chef”, Tiffani went to work for Gabriel Frasca and Amanda Lydon on Nantucket to get back to the roots of cooking. She was then tapped by former mentor Todd English to become the Executive Chef of a 400-room boutique hotel and restaurant in post-Katrina New Orleans. Following New Orleans, Tiffani was asked to work privately for two known actors, earning her praise and recognition from Hollywood’s A-List. In 2010 Tiffani became Executive Chef at Rocca Kitchen & Bar in Boston, and then in fall 2011, she opened the much-anticipated Sweet Cheeks, a Southern-Style Barbecue restaurant in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. The restaurant is the first restaurant that Tiffani has had full creative vision for and draws inspiration from her love of barbecue and extensive travels in the South. Chef Faison's second restaurant, Tiger Mama, opened in 2015 and quickly became a Boston favorite.
Joseph Keller, Executive Chef, Company of the Cauldron
Chef Joseph Keller was just 12 years old when he first worked in a professional kitchen, filling in for a cook at his mother's restaurant in Maryland. At 16, Keller trained under Gustanzo Pucillo at the acclaimed Petite Marmite Restaurant in Palm Beach, Florida. He fell in love with Nantucket after being named Sous Chef at the Club Car restaurant and then chef at Cliffside Beach Club and the Woodbox Inn, all located on the island. After furthering his culinary training in France, in 1994 Keller and his brother, Thomas, transformed the French Laundry in Yountville, California into what many food writers have called America's greatest restaurant. He later opened Bouchon, another collaboration with his brother, in Napa; and Josef's Brasserie, Como's Restaurant, and Bistro Zinc in Las Vegas, the latter which housed a school where Keller taught his famed provincial French techniques. He is thrilled to be back in Nantucket as Company of the Cauldron's executive chef.