Columbia, SC –Silver Spoon Bake Shop of Columbia, SC was selected the 2016 Top Chef by a panel of judges at the South Carolina Farm Bureau (SCFB) Federation’s 2016 Palmetto Palate at the historic 701 Whaley building in Columbia. She was among a dozen other local chefs participating in the ninth annual event which had another record-setting year with more than 300 attendees.
This year’s Top Chef was chosen by local celebrity judges Susan Ardis, designer/food editor/writer for The State newspaper and Go Columbia; The Honorable Jay Lucas, Speaker of the SC House of Representatives; and Ansley Rast Turnblad, director of the Certified SC Grown program at the SC Department of Agriculture.
Chef Erin led her team to the honors with a macaron bar featuring six different macaron flavors, including pecan pie, peaches and cream, chocolate covered peanut, blue and blackberry, sweet corn, and fig, goat cheese and honey. Chef Erin grew up in rural South Carolina where baking was a part of everyday life, She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina in hotel, restaurant and tourism management before moving to New York City to attend the French Culinary Institute. There, she studied classic pastry arts and the art of international bread baking. After moving back to the Carolinas and working in Charleston and Charlotte, Chef Erin opened Silver Spoon Bake Shop in Columbia.
SCFB Federation President Harry Ott said, “The Palmetto Palate celebrates locally grown food produced by some of the best chefs in the country. We were also excited this year to donate to a cause that will help South Carolina farmers get back on their feet after last October’s devastating flooding.”
The proceeds of this year’s event went toward the Plant it Forward program. Plant it Forward is an initiative to provide agricultural disaster aid as a result of the flooding last October. Plant it Forward was started by the SC Advocates for Agriculture with support from SCFB, SCDA, Clemson University and Palmetto AgriBusiness Council.
Palmetto Palate pairs local SC farms with leading chefs from around the state to produce tapas-sized portions of food that originated from local farms across South Carolina. Members from county Farm Bureaus across the state also donated items to a silent auction that featured items unique to South Carolina, the outdoors, cooking and local artwork.
In addition to Silver Spoon Bake Shop, other chefs participated from: Juniper (the 2015 Top Chef winners who were not eligible to compete because they won last year), 2 Fat 2 Fly, Blue Marlin, Kaminsky’s Dessert, Let’s Cook Culinary Studio, The Oak Table, Pearlz, Rosso Trattoria, Sea & Salt, Terra and The War Mouth.
The SC Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots, non-profit organization celebrating and supporting family farmers, locally grown food, and our rural lands through legislative advocacy, education, and community outreach.
The organization’s 100,000 member-family alliance includes everyone from foodies and fishermen to lawyers, restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and farmers. In addition to celebrating and supporting farmers, food, and rural lands, SCFB members enjoy an array of benefits – from scholarship programs to discounts on everything from insurance and financial services, to cars, office supplies and tools.
By connecting farmers to the larger community, Farm Bureau cultivates understanding about agriculture’s importance to South Carolina’s local economies. Farm Bureau strives to deepen the collective knowledge of who, where, and how food grows. To learn more, log on to scfb.org.
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