Inn on the Blues, Wiley Point Win Maine Oyster Awards
Chef Taylor Miller from Inn on the Blues in York Beach, Maine, walked away with the 2008 Chef of the Year award at this year's Maine Oyster Festival at the Union Bluff Meeting House in York Beach on Sunday. Justin Walker, chef at Arrows in Ogunquit, Maine, won the 2008 People's Choice Best Chef award.
Other area restaurants that prepared dishes for the event were Union Grill, Five-O, 10 Center St., Anneke Jans and MC Perkins Cove.
Wiley Point oysters in Damariscotta, Maine, won the 2008 Maine Oyster of the Year award. Andy Stevenson was on hand to accept the award for Mook Sea Farm, which produces Wiley Points. Meanwhile, Jeff McKeen at Pemaquid Oysters, also from Damariscotta, was on hand to accept the People's Choice Best Maine Oyster.
The J.P.'s Shellfish Maine Oyster Shucking Competition was won by Nate Perry of J's Oyster Bar in Portland, Maine. The competition, sponsored by shellfish distributor J.P.'s of Eliot, Maine, drew a competitive crowd of 14 shuckers judged in two heats.
The Maine Oyster Luge Championships, back by popular demand at this year's event, was won by the Roman Cooper team of North Haven Oyster Co. of North Haven, Maine.
Several hundred attendees consumed more than 5,000 oysters at the second annual event, sponsored by York Lobster & Seafood and the Union Bluff Meeting House. Proceeds from the event benefit the York Fisherman's Fund.