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Ommegang's Hop Chef Competition Returns in July

This year's competitors; better yet: photo shoot <a href="https://twitter.com/Ommegangphilly/status/469200960267771904/photo/1">outtake</a> here.
This year's competitors; better yet: photo shoot outtake here.

The third annual Hop Chef Philly competition will hit Union Transfer on July 8. The event, hosted by Brewery Ommegang, pits a handful of Philly's best-loved chefs against each other in cooking, beer pairing, and Twitter-based trash-talking.

Last year, chef Nick Macri took home top honors with a dish he dubbed "You Can Win Friends with Meat Salad." In 2012, chef George Sabatino came out on top in Philly, then went on to win it all in the national competition at Ommegang HQ in Cooperstown, New York. (Miami, Boston, SF, LA, NYC, and Dallas all have Hop Chef contests of their own throughout the year.)

· Jeremy Nolen (Brauhaus Schmitz, Whetstone)
· Townsend Wentz (Townsend)
· Chad Vetter (City Tap House)
· Jonathan and Justin Petruce (Petruce et al)
· James Kenngott (Strangelove's)
· Ben Puchowitz (Cheu Noodle Bar,Bing Bing)
· Travis Masar (Sampan, Independence Beer Garden)
· Jennifer Choplin (most recently of Tap Room on 19th)

Tickets to the event cost $50 and, of course, include samples of all the dishes and the Ommegang beers they pair with.
· Ommegang [Official]
· All Hop Chef Coverage [-EPHI-]

Union Transfer

1026 Spring Garden St. Philadelphia PA