Chef Matt Christianson and Urban Farmer took a field trip up to Welches, Oregon this September to participate in the 11th annual Wild About Game cook-off, a meat-lover’s dream come true, sponsored by local purveyor Nicky USA. The event took place on Sunday, September 18, 2011 with some of Oregon’s most influential culinary talent.
The premise was simple: chef against chef in an all-star lineup to see who can create the most delicious and creative dish with Nicky USA sourced game birds and meats from local family farms and ranches. To add to the challenge, the event was formulated with an exciting Iron Chef style black box competition with each chef blind to the type of ingredients they used in the cook-off.
Participants this year included: Beaker + Flask, Beast, Gilt Club, Heathman Bar and Restaurant, Little Bird, Metrovino, Olivar, Resort at the Mountain, Timberline Lodge, and Urban Farmer.
Chef Matt, a third year contender, created Quail Schnitzel, with mustard spatzle, and huckleberry, and was accompanied by Senior Sous Chef Ryan Sturmer of Urban Farmer. His dish tied for 3rd place, while Beast was 2nd and Metrovino claimed the top prize.