HALIFAX — Roland Glauser, chef and owner of Charlotte Lane Cafe in Shelburne, N.S., has been declared the winner of this year’s Taste of Nova Scotia Chowder Cook-off.
The chef’s winning recipe consisted of a cream base combined with Boxing Rock Brewery’s Hunky Dory Pale Ale, Jost Vineyard’s Tidal Bay, fish stock, tarragon, local scallops, maple-smoked salmon, haddock, North Atlantic pink shrimp, parsnip, sweet potato, red onion and bacon. “It’s an untraditional chowder for sure … I wanted to try something new and different, so I came up with this version. We’ve already added it to our new menu, and so far it’s been a hit,” said Glauser. “Competing is always a bit stressful and lots of extra work, but it helps promote Charlotte Lane and the whole of Shelburne County … to put it on the map and showcase what great things there are in our region.”
Brad Wammes, chef at Kitchen Door Catering in Bedford, N.S. placed second; and Mark Gabrieau, chef at Gabrieau’s Bistro in Antigonish, N.S. and Thomas Carey, chef at Pictou Lodge Beach Resort in Pictou, N.S., tied for third place.
The 2015 Taste of Nova Scotia Chowder Cook-off was held during the Saltscapes Expo last month.