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New restaurant chefs spice up the competition with top honors at festive Curry Crawl

New restaurant chefs spice up the competition at festive Curry Crawl

News, Shelby, Curry  Crawl , June 2015, Peska Seafood Culture Team
Peska chef Omar Pereney, flanked by his team, ties for first place in Straits Curry Crawl Competition. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, Curry  Crawl , June 2015, chef Matthew Lovelace
Chef Matthew Lovelace of soon-to-open Pour Society green curry and chicken dumpling soup.  Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl , June 2015, Matt Vanderver and Amy and Adam Johnston
 Matt Vanderver, left, with Amy and Adam Johnston. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl, June 2015, Candice Taylor, Sam Mendicino and Lenny Jimenez
Candice Taylor, left, Sam Mendicino and Lenny Jimenez.  Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl , June 2015, Kourtney Phan, Ben Wu
Ben Wu and Kourtney Phan. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl , June 2015, Dominique Nelson, Olga Nelson Sosa
Dominique Nelson, left, and Olga Nelson Sosa. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl, June 2015, Chef Don Schoenburg
Chef Don Schoenburg. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl , June 2015,Kristine Padua, Catherine Chambers and Jen Simpson
Kristine Padua, from left, Catherine Chambers and Jen Simpson. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl , June 2015, Mai Pham, Katherine Whaley
Mai Pham, left, and Katherine Whaley. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
 News, Shelby, Curry Crawl, June 2015, Chef Brittany Eaden.
Chef Brittany Eaden. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl, June 2015
Aline Reis. PHoto by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl, June 2015, Chef Jonathan Levine
Chef Jonathan Levine. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl, June 2015, Alycia Schramm, Steven Jin
Alycia Schramm and Steven Jin. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl, June 2015, Chef Michael Sanguinetti
Chef Michael Sanguinetti. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl , June 2015, Lion dancer
Chinese lion mixes it up during the cooking competition. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, Curry Craw , June 2015, Cody Risner, Chad Matson and Tony Bonardi
 Cody Risner, from left, Chad Matson and Tony Bonardi. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl , June 2015, Lion Dancers in CITYCENTRE Courtyard
Lion dancers take over the CityCentre courtyard. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl, June 2015, Amanda Park, Anthony Tran
Amanda Park and Anthony Tran. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl , June 2015, onica Thompson, Brad Garner
Monica Thompson and Brad Garner. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, Curry  Crawl , June 2015,Ryan Harris, Josh Henderson
Ryan Harris, left, and Josh Henderson.  Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, Curry  Crawl , June 2015, Sarah Ngo, Daria Russell
Sarah Ngo, left, and Daria Russell. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, Curry  Crawl , June 2015, Yvonne Jenkins, Katie Pham, Nikki Bui and Suzy Nguyen
Yvonne Jenkins, from left, Katie Pham, Nikki Bui and Suzy Nguyen. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl, June 2015, Anna Beltran, Anyoleth Sanchez and Margaret Howard
Anna Beltran, from left, Anyoleth Sanchez and Margaret Howard. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, Curry  Crawl , June 2015, Toni Fewox, Lisa Hinds
Toni Fewox, left, and Lisa Hinds. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, Curry  Crawl , June 2015, Peska Seafood Culture Team
News, Shelby, Curry  Crawl , June 2015, chef Matthew Lovelace
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl , June 2015, Matt Vanderver and Amy and Adam Johnston
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl, June 2015, Candice Taylor, Sam Mendicino and Lenny Jimenez
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl , June 2015, Kourtney Phan, Ben Wu
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl , June 2015, Dominique Nelson, Olga Nelson Sosa
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl, June 2015, Chef Don Schoenburg
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl , June 2015,Kristine Padua, Catherine Chambers and Jen Simpson
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl , June 2015, Mai Pham, Katherine Whaley
 News, Shelby, Curry Crawl, June 2015, Chef Brittany Eaden.
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl, June 2015
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl, June 2015, Chef Jonathan Levine
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl, June 2015, Alycia Schramm, Steven Jin
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl, June 2015, Chef Michael Sanguinetti
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl , June 2015, Lion dancer
News, Shelby, Curry Craw , June 2015, Cody Risner, Chad Matson and Tony Bonardi
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl , June 2015, Lion Dancers in CITYCENTRE Courtyard
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl, June 2015, Amanda Park, Anthony Tran
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl , June 2015, onica Thompson, Brad Garner
News, Shelby, Curry  Crawl , June 2015,Ryan Harris, Josh Henderson
News, Shelby, Curry  Crawl , June 2015, Sarah Ngo, Daria Russell
News, Shelby, Curry  Crawl , June 2015, Yvonne Jenkins, Katie Pham, Nikki Bui and Suzy Nguyen
News, Shelby, Curry Crawl, June 2015, Anna Beltran, Anyoleth Sanchez and Margaret Howard
News, Shelby, Curry  Crawl , June 2015, Toni Fewox, Lisa Hinds

As veteran chefs duked it out for top honors at the fourth annual Straits Restaurant Curry Crawl, it was relative newcomer Omar Pereney of Peska Seafood Culture and chef of soon-to-open Pour Society Matthew Lovelace who tied for first place. Pereney wowed judges with his Deconstructed Curry Apple Pie and Lovelace with his Green Chicken Curry with Dumplings.

More than 200 curry fans turned out to vote for their favorite among the spicy contenders that included Commonwealth, Cloud 10 Creamery, Hugs & Donuts, Jonathan’s the Rub, Radio Milano, Spice Runner, The Tasting Room and Woodrow’s Heights. In the end, it was Tasting Room-Uptown chef Brittany Eaden who won the People’s Choice Award for her Red Curry Compressed Beef Short Rib. 

Curry Crawl activity, benefiting Spaulding for Children, spread through the CityCentre restaurant and spilled over onto its two patios.

Judging the entries that ranged from ice creams and kolaches to stews and tacos were CultureMap food editor Eric Sandler, Houston Press’ Phaedra Cook, Houston Restaurant Weeks founder and CBS Sport Radio 650’s Cleverley Stone, femme foodie Mai Pham and ABC 13’s Katherine Whaley.

Casting their votes for the People's Choice Award were guests including Candice Taylor, Sam Mendicino, Amy and Adam Johnston, Anyoleth Sanchez, Jake Schiffer, Brad Garner, Lenny Jimenez, Alycia Schramm, Steven Jin, Kourtney Phan and Ben Wu.

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