Patti Cakes takes the Tuna Cup in the Great Albacore Tuna BBQ Challenge
It was a beautiful August summer day on the bay in Newport and at Port Dock 7 the barbecues were out in force for the inaugural $2,000 Great Albacore Tuna BBQ Challenge. Thirteen teams brought out their grills and their best barbecue recipes in an amazing culinary competition featuring a major product that comes into the Port of Newport, Albacore Tuna which is currently in season.
Patti Curfman of Stayton and her Patti Cakes team took home the Oregon Albacore Commission Cup and the $800 grand prize with her recipe titled “Let the Fish Speak for Itself”. Curfman’s recipe was salt and pepper rubbed and grilled Tuna cooked Rare with a gremolada of lemon celery leaf, parsley, shallot, roasted garlic, olive oil and sliced grapes to compliment the tuna but not mask the taste, also to just give a bright flavor.
Runner-up was Matthew Manary of Banks with his “Smoked & Blackened Cajun tuna.” People’s Choice Award winner were two local fishermen Don DeLange & Brian Faith with their Triple T~ Tantalizing Teriyaki Tuna.
Judges were James Rand, Publisher of the News Times, Laura Anderson owner of Local Ocean Seafoods, Gil Sylvia of the Hatfield Marine Science Center and Captain Eric Berkowitz of the NOAA Marine Operations Center-Pacific.
The high quality tuna used in the competition came from Dan Donza and his boat the F/V Master Chris and with much appreciated help and assistance from Cody Chase and his crew at Cody’s Seafood.
The large crowd that attended the event were also treated to a major classic car show featuring the Bay City Cruisers of Newport and the NW Woodies Club our of the Portland area. Over 30 classic automobiles were on display.
1st Place Champion – $800 & Winner of the Oregon Albacore Commission Cup – Patti Cakes – Let
the Fish Speak for Itself – Patti Curfman
2nd Place – $400
Duke of Wellanddone – Smoked & Blackened Cajun – Matthew Manary
3rd Place – $300
Soupcon – Pacific Rim Grilled Tuna – Jackie Gzsanka
4th Place – $200
Manaryators – Asian Fusion – Kristine Manary
5th Place – $100
Toby’s Nose – Grillin’ Fish & Chips – Cassie Fergusson & Michelle Manary
People’s Choice Winner – $200
Grillin’ Gloos and the Grils – Triple T~ Tantalizing Teriyaki Tuna – Don DeLange & Brian Davis