2017 MAINSTREET VENTURES’ TOP KNIFE WINNER
George Sztroin, from Stillwater Grill in Okemos, Mich.
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The Mainstreet Ventures (MSV) Top Knife is an annual live cook-off competition between MSV restaurants showcasing uniquely styled dishes based on taste, presentation and creativity. Each MSV Top Knife competitor earned their spot to be at the competition by first competing against their peers at their local MSV restaurant with their unique entrée. After winning in their own local market, each top competitor then qualified to compete against each other for the overall coveted title of the MSV Top Knife.
This year’s final competition for the MSV Top Knife was held on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Zia’s Italian restaurant in Toledo, Ohio. The event included VIP judges helping to select the overall MSV Top Knife winner and the cost to attend was $100 per person (all inclusive) with a portion of event proceeds to benefit Cherry Street Mission Ministries.
All the competitors earned their right to compete at this year’s MSV Top Knife event. Each entrée produced from this event represents a unique culinary creation. Anyone who works at an MSV restaurant can participate in the competition at the local level, however, based on the entrée, only a select few qualify to compete at the MSV Top Knife event and only one person is awarded the top honors of MSV Top Knife. The end result of this event produces inspired cuisine that we can literally bring to the table.
Over 70 VIP judges enjoyed a 9-course tasting of each competitor’s unique entrée from the qualifying MSV Top Knife competitors, including dessert. Each judge rated each entrée on taste, presentation and creativity. At the end of the event, the judges ranked their top three competitors on a final scorecard. All scorecards were collected and results were tabulated to determine the first, second and third place winning entrées.
George Sztroin’s entrée will soon be featured on select menus in the Mainstreet Ventures distinctive eateries. In addition to the top honors as MSV Top Knife, Luke also received a Wüsthof Gourment Chef’s Knife and $1,500 cash.
MSV TOP KNIFE AWARDS
2017 MSV Top Knife Winner
George Sztroin, Line Cook from Stillwater Grill Okemos, Mich. Entrée of Pancetta & Boursin Stuffed Chicken with corn-parmesan custard & cherry-fig mustarda. George won the MSV Top Knife 2017, a Wüsthof Gourment Chef’s Knife and $1,500 cash.
Second Place Winner
Terry Kretz, MSV District Manager and General Manager of Ciao! Entrée of Venison Loin with herb-garlic roasted potatoes, almond roasted cauliflower, & demi-glace.
Terry won a $1,000 cash bonus.
Third Place Winner
Mark Jacobs, Server at Real Seafood Co., Toledo, Ohio.
Entrée of Crab Cake Scotch Egg Carbonara with crab, bucatini, pancetta, parmesan, cream, & spinach.
Mark won a $750 cash bonus.
Top honors also go to the other competitors with their entrees:
Aaron Musinski, Chef at Real Seafood Co., Bay City, Mich.
Entrée of Grilled Pork Tenderloin with grilled bourbon soaked apples, goat cheese-almond risotto & grilled squash cup.
Alejandro Pacheco, Line Cook / Supervisor at Real Seafood Co., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Entrée of Espresso Rubbed Filet Mignon with cheesy garlic potatoes, roasted kale, poblano peppers, elote style corn & romesco sauce.
We congratulate all the participants, judges and team members for another successful MSV Top Knife event.