BrainFood Skillet & Spatula Awards Go to Team Central’s Maupillier and Team 1789’s Giusti

BRAINFOOD 13 0609 Brainfood, one of those cool nonprofits that uses cooking to teach life skills and
healthy living to DC youths, held its annual Brainfood
competition last week at the Decatur House in Washington. Top local chefs participating included Teddy
, a finalist on The Next Food Network Star; Cedric Maupillier, Central Michel Richard; Daniel Giusti, 1789; Shannon Overmiller, The Majestic; Bryan Moscatello, Stir Food Group and Tony Chittum, Vermilion. They teamed up with Brainfood volunteers and Brainfood students in a competition to become the 2009 Grill-Off champion.

Cedric Maupillier's team with Brainfood chef Tyler Giles won the Brainfood Skillet Award – they were a team of friends from NCF/PKS & Friends. The winning team members were given Shun Chef Knives.

The winner of the BRAINFOODies Choice Spatula Award was Mercator XXI who teamed up with chef Daniel Giusti of 1789 and Brainfood chef Jovell Rhock.  They were given Shun Utility Knives. BRAINFOOD 07 0609

“The Brainfood Grill-Off was inspired by a competition that caps off the graduation celebration for every Brainfood after-school and summer program,” said Paul Dahm, executive director of Brainfood. “This is an opportunity to bring the Brainfood experience to the local DC community, while raising vital funding for our programs."

Dishes were judged by a panel: Clarice Dionot, L’Academie de Cuisine; Amanda McClements,; Mark Michael, Occasions Catering; and Mark Kuller, Proof.

Sponsores included Reznick Group and the law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker among others. 100 percent of ticket sales support Brainfood programs.

Brainfood is a youth development organization that uses food and cooking as tools to teach life skills and healthy living to teenagers in a safe, healthy and positive environment. Local high school students participate in our programs either twice a week after school or five days a week for six weeks during the summer. Brainfood is in its 10th year of operations and has locations in the Columbia Heights and Chinatown neighborhoods of Washington, DC. For more information, visit:

foto 1: Team 1789 with chef Daniel Giusti and Brainfood chef Jovell Rhock (great name!)
foto 2: Team Central chef Cedric Maupillier is interviewed by Leon Harris, ABC 7 News
foto gallery: the pictures are downloadable from the gallery page

About the Author

Michael Birchenall is Editor and Publisher of Foodservice Monthly, a regional trade publication covering the foodservice industry of the Mid-Atlantic (DE, DC, MD, VA). Foodservice Monthly has been recognized as the Restaurant Association of Maryland's Allied Industry Member of the Year and by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington as the Joan Hisaoka Associate Member of the Year.

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