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 Competition
10:00am - 12:00pm
White Elephant Village
19 N Water St,
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 $5,000 Culinary Scholarship benefiting the Nantucket High School Culinary Arts Program. Each team will have 30 minutes to strategize with their Chef Mentor, and then the clock will start ticking. 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 Chef Barbara Lynch of Barbara Lynch Gruppo, Brian Alberg of The Red Lion Inn and Ed Brylczyk of Dole & Bailey.
You can meander through the tent and enjoy breakfast as you watch the action unfold at the Junior Top Chef Competition hosted by Celebrity Chef Linkie Marais!
Admission is a $10 suggested donation to the Nantucket Food Pantry. Kids under 18 attend for free!
Brian Alberg, Executive Chef and Vice President of Culinary Development, The Red Lion Inn
Brian is responsible for the kitchen culture and food at The Red Lion Inn, Main Street Catering and Events, numerous Cultural Cafes including The Norman Rockwell Museum and The Mount. He is currently overseeing the newest project Seeds Market Café at Hancock Shaker Village a scratch kitchen harvesting from the fields of the village. He designed, developed and started operations of Eat on North located in Hotel on North, a boutique hotel in an urban setting in the heart of the Berkshires. In his fourteen-year tenure at The Red Lion Inn, he has established strong relationships with regional farmers and food producers and purchases more than $700K in local foods annually, a compelling contribution to the regional economy and carries that practice through to all new properties.
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, he is a member of Chefs Collaborative and Boston Chefs, serves on the board of the Norman Rockwell Museum and the Railroad Street Youth Project and is the founding chair of Berkshire Farm & Table. Brian curates Berkshire regional dinners annually at the James Beard House and has been the selected chef for Outstanding in the Field every year since 2011. Brian is a staunch supporter of the local food movement in the Berkshires and Hudson Valley and he lives with his family in Kinderhook, NY.
Linkie Marais, Lifestyle Expert and Chef,
Beauty queen, award-winning baker and grill master are all extensions to her title, making Linkie Marais more than your average chef. With a love for exploring, cooking and the outdoors, her ‘will to grill’ stems all the way back to her unique blend of South African and Southern roots. Born in Evander, a town in northeastern South Africa, Linkie was raised in the kitchen, helping her mother prepare meals on a daily basis. With a lack of abundant fresh ingredients, she inherited her mother’s creativity, utilizing whatever they had available to create fresh and original meals. Immigrating to the U.S. in 1999, Linkie and her family settled in Tupelo, Mississippi where she began her culinary career piping cakes for a local catering company.
Upon obtaining a degree in Culinary Arts and a minor in Food Arts from Mississippi University for Women, Linkie's career took off as she held various pastry and executive chef positions in Oxford, Mississippi before making the move to Massachusetts’ acclaimed Montilio’s Bakery.
After discovering her love for grilling during a Big Green Egg® competition, Linkie’s passion for grilling began to take her career in a new and exciting direction. It’s clear that her meat-filled and resourceful South African culinary upbringing has had a tremendous impact on her cooking flair, as Linkie is considered the best among the few females who have mastered the art of grilling.