Foodie Fight: Four Local Restaurants Prepare for “Chef’s Best” Cooking Competition

WEST CHESTER, PA — It may be the only place in Chester County where “bacon bourbon meatball with spicy mango pica” are considered fighting words.

That was the winning dish at last year’s Chef’s Best food competition benefitting ACT in Faith of Greater West Chester, and the winner is back for more when the public is invited to attend the 8th Annual Chef’s Best on March 28, 2019 at West Chester University Alumni and Foundation Center.

“We’re ready to crush it again this year,” says Saloon 151 chef Melissa Marino, who recalls competing against such dishes as fried polenta bruschetta prepared two ways, arancini and short rib paccheri, as well as ancho crusted char grilled diver scallop with avocado mousse.

Three more top local restaurants will compete, including Ram’s Head Bar and Grill , Goose Creek Grill and Chadds Ford Tavern. Tickets are available for purchase at

At Chef’s Best, guests will enjoy generous specialty food samples from the chefs’ favorite menu items, then vote for the top dish. Last year more than 250 supporters sampled specialties from Saloon 151, Bar Avalon, Mercato Ristorante and Bar and The Social: Southern Scratch Kitchen and Bar.

“Every year the chefs step up their game just a little bit more. It’s a win for the restaurants, and for ACT in Faith. We raised more than $25,000 for people in need in 2018,” says ACT in Faith Board President Denise Antonelli, who is also a partner at the law firm Gawthrop Greenwood, PC, the lead sponsor of Chef’s Best.

All proceeds support ACT in Faith of Greater West Chester, an interfaith organization that seeks to empower un- and under-employed West Chester residents to stabilize their households and build toward sustainability. Services include eviction and utility shut-off prevention, employment support services and a Community Cupboard, which provides personal care and household items as well as dry food goods and homemade frozen meals.

Chef’s Best lead sponsors include Gawthrop Greenwood, PC, Back Office Thinking, Better Than Bacon Comedy Improv, and Sun East Federal Credit Union & Charitable Foundation. Generous support is also provided by Brandywine Catering and other local businesses/organizations.

Tickets are $60 ($25 of which is tax deductible), and wine and beer is available for an additional contribution. To purchase tickets or become an individual or corporate sponsor, visit, call 484-324-8492 or email

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