from the Times Union Table Hopping blog on 8/13/16 – The second Grill Games semifinal, held Friday (8/12) night at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, saw a past champion return with a winning dish even though it was the first time she’d cooked lamb and a culinary student show her chops with an accomplished, summery take on chicken teriyaki.
Winning a competition like this is huge for me. It will give me the confidence to enter future competitions, and it will help me succeed in my career.
The winners were Jill Kavanagh of Troy, who won Grill Games two summers ago, with rack of lamb; and Linda Blesser of Richmondville, a culinary student at SUNY-Cobleskill, who complemented her teriyaki with broccoli rice pilaf and a kebab of seasonal vegetables. They bested beer-steamed sausage from Jim Gross of Albany, and Susan Adinolfe of Clifton Park, who made pork potstickers and mustard greens. The fifth scheduled competitor, Melissa Breger of Albany, was unable to participate at the last minute.