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West 94th Street Pub in Durham ~ Grill Master Cook Off Results!


West 94th Street Pub in Durham

Earlier this month I was honored to participate as a guest judge at a Grill Master Cook Off competition  held by the West 94th Street Pub in Durham. The event featured 7 backyard chefs in a friendly competition to see who could make the most creative and tastiest barbecue chicken and corn on the cob. Competitors also had the option of creating a specialty item for judging as well.  At stake was a free trip to Las Vegas for the winner and the eternal glory that comes with winning the title of “Grill Master”!


Chicken on the Grill!

The public was invited to come taste each competitors creations and earned the right to do so by helping a great cause – feeding the hungry. To get a sample of the grilled food, those attending could make a monetary donation or donate food to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC. The event ended up raising over $450 in monetary donations and more than 1,800 pounds in food donations.


Public Tasting

I was one of four judges for the event. Joining me in the enviable task of eating all this wonderful food was Kathy Hanrahan of WRAL “Out & About,” Durham Magazine Editor Matt Dees, and Nancy Wykle of the Durham Herald Sun. When we first arrived all four of us walked around and got a feel for what each grill station was creating.  Given there was a hungry crowd waiting to sample we quickly go down to business trying each of the seven dishes created and recorded our scores.


Music by the band Plan B

Judging was extremely difficult because all of the competitors did a really great job and I found something I liked about each dish. It was amazing how seven people could make such different and yet wonderfully delicious barbecue chicken using there different techniques, spices and rubs. While I enjoyed everything I tried, there were two competitors that really “made it work” for me when it came to flavor, tenderness, and creativity.


Watermelon Eating Contest

When the judging was done I had these two competitors ranked almost exactly the same. I was curious to hear the final results and whether or not my fellow judges ranked them in a similar fashion. While we waited for the votes to be tallied I enjoyed a cold beer and watched a good old fashioned watermelon eating contest.


The Winning Dish

In the end, the winning chef and “Grill Master” of the day was Jay Adams. He was one of the two competitors I had ranked at the top and I was very happy to see him to take home the well deserved win.  He had crafted a great sauce to marinated his chicken with that was a combination of some secret spices, molasses, and sea salt.  It really made for a delicious and tender piece of barbecue grilled chicken. He also did a great job with the corn on the cob by keeping it simple but adding some unique flavoring with a peppering of spices.


Chef Jay Adams and his Son Working the Grill

While talking with Jay during the competition he mentioned he is working on launching his own sauce business and it is in the early stages of development. You can check out his website for future updates on his sauces and events. I look forward to trying some more of his great food in the future and hope he enjoys his well deserved trip to Vegas!


The Competitors

I love competitions like this, because they raise money for a good cause and it brings local amateur chefs together. During the contest I even saw a few of the chefs visiting each others grill stations to try their different dishes and compare notes. It was nice to see such comradery among the competitors. The folks at West 94th Street Pub did a great job organizing the event and helping to raise money for a great cause. Check out their website below for more info about the pub, their menu, and future events. I plan to go back soon to try their famous fish ‘n’ chips!

West 94th Street Pub
4711 Hope Valley Road
Durham, NC 27707 (Map)
Website: http://www.west94stpub.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/West-94th-St-Pub/216732515166
Twitter: @West94thStPub

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Grill Master Cook Off Competition at West 94th St. Pub in Durham This Saturday!!

Cook Off

From time to time I am asked to help judge at foodie events and I am very excited to be a judge this weekend at the “Grill Master Cook Off” taking place at the West 94th Street Pub in Durham this Saturday July 27th from 12-5pm. This family friendly competition will host seven local Grill Masters who plan to show off their grillin’ skills with Chicken and Corn on the Cob. Grillmasters will be competing for bragging rights and a prize package of a 3 day, 2 night trip for two to Las Vegas! Proceeds from this fun event benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.

Event Details
Judging will begin at 3pm by four local “foodies”: John Huisman, aka Triangle Explorer, Kathy Hanrahan with WRAL “Out & About”, Matt Dees with Durham Magazine and Nancy Wykle with the Durham Herald Sun.

 Public tasting begins around 3:30pm. Public food tasting will be available to those who donate a minimum of 5 non-perishable canned food items or a monetary donation to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC.

Family Activities
Family fun activities are planned throughout the entire time of the event which will include, Live Music by Plan B Durham Band, Raffle prizes, Corn Hole games, Family Eating Contests; such as a Watermelon Eating Contest, Jello Eating Contest, Pie Eating Contest, etc.  Plan to bring your lawn chair, sample great food, enjoy family fun activities and see who will be crowned the Pub’s 1st Grill Master.

Prizes for Winner
Cook Off Competition winner will receive a 3 day, 2 night trip for two to Las Vegas.  If you would like to compete or for more information, contact Kerry Bryant at kbpaw_21@msn.com.

About West 94th Street Pub
The Pub opened in August of 1994 as a family owned business.  “Miss Sarah”, the owner had a vision of opening a “Cheers” like Pub in Southwest Durham.  The Pub’s success comes from a unique combination of good food & relationships that have been formed over the last 19 years. The Pub has been a local hang out for our “Pub Regulars” for many years.

They’re known for having the best Fish & Chips in Durham along with a staff who may not know your name, but know your face and drink of choice when you walk through our door.  Over the last seven years the Pub has become a venue to help raise money for several non-profit organizations.  We are proud to partner with the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina on this event.  We hope to raise funds as well as collect non-perishable items to benefit local families.

The Pub is located at 4711 Hope Valley Rd and open Monday-Friday, 11:00am-2:00am and Saturday-Sunday, 12noon-2:00am.  For more information or to get involved contact Kerry Bryant at 919-403-0025 or email kbpaw_21@msn.com.

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