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by Alexis Ann
On June 21st, from 6-11 p.m., Enders Island was the backdrop for the 6th Annual Mystic Area Shelter and Hospitality (MASH) Auction for Action and Iron Chef Competition. The benefit was to raise awareness and funds for local homeless families and children. The evening was blessed with beautiful weather and a successful turnout. 250 people attended the event, raising an outstanding $40,000
The winners of the cook-off were Jamie Fowler of Noah’s Restaurant in Stonington, and his Sous Chef, Kevin Rogers, a teacher in Ledyard and bartender at Bravo Bravo in Mystic. Other participants included Jeff Walker of Anthony J’s Bistro in Mystic and his Sous Chef Eva Franchi.
The ingredient of the night was monkfish. Jamie prepared a Portuguese Monkfish Stufato, Thai Monkfish Cakes with a traditional carrot salad & mango sambal, and Monkfish Grand-Mere, served with onions, potatoes, and truffles. “It was nice to pay homage to the Stonington area’s heritage,” Jamie says about the Portuguese stew (Stufato).
The judges for the event were Executive Chef Michael Luboff of Mohegan Sun, and Father Thomas Hoar of Enders Island.
“Having the MASH Iron Chef Competition at Enders Island, with the ‘Rock of Hope’ was providential. Their ministry is built on Hope and I think Hope was the ‘real’ secret ingredient used that night!” Remarks Jessica D. Morrissey, a member of the MASH Iron Chef event commitee.