LIFESTYLE

Honorary judges announced for 8th annual Eggs on the Beach Cooking Competition

Tina Harbuck
The Destin Log

The  annual Big Green Egg cooking competition, Eggs on the Beach, returns to Seascape Towne Centre on Oct. 15. Presented by Bay Breeze Patio, the competition challenges cook teams to get creative with recipes created on the Big Green Egg.

In addition to competing for taster votes, cook teams will work to impress a group of five honorary judges with a diverse array of culinary backgrounds. From the kitchen to the dining room to the grill to a seat at the table, this year’s honorary judges bring a variety of perspectives.

Chef John O'Neil will be one of the judges for the Eggs on the Beach competition.

Visiting from Austin, Texas, Chef John O’Neil, the legendary Texas barbecue spice creator of Dude Food Fire joins local judges including award-winning chef Al Massa of Brotula’s Seafood House, private chef Kali Davis, Seagar’s Prime Steakhouse General Manager Mike McIntosh, and freelance food writer Abigail Abesamis Demarest to judge bites from more than 20 cook teams.

From backyard cook teams to area non-profits to local restaurants, the cook teams will serve deliciously creative bites while competing for the taster votes and cash and prizes as well as the coveted judges trophies. Teams who infuse Knob Creek in their recipe will also compete for Best Knob Creek Bite. The group of honorary judges will review bites based on flavor, creativity and presentation.

“This has become one of our most popular categories,” said event creator and co-owner of Bay Breeze Patio Wayne Paul. “Cook teams enjoy being evaluated by credentialed chefs and foodies, and it’s a real honor to earn bragging rights and one of the three large judges’ trophies from our distinguished judges.”

Proceeds from the Eggs on the Beach competition benefit the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast.

The 2022 Eggs on the Beach Festival will be held on the deck overlooking the pond at the Seascape Towne Centre. With the Seascape outdoor tiki bar as the centerpiece and flat screen TVs airing the top college football games, tasters walk the perimeter sampling unlimited bites.

Live music, a Knob Creek tasting area, seasonal beer samples from Abita Brewery and Grayton Beer Company as well as opportunities to win prizes, including a mini-Max Big Green Egg, enhance the Eggs on the Beach experience.

Proceeds from Eggs on the Beach benefit The Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, which provides a home away from home for military families during medical treatment, and Food for Thought, which aims to fight childhood hunger and food insecurity among students in Walton and Okaloosa Counties.

Chef Al Massa of Brotula's Seafood House in Destin recently took second place in the 2022 Great American Seafood Cook-Off held August 6, 2022 in New Orleans. Massa will be a judge at the Eggs on the Beach competition.

Since its inception in 2013, Eggs on the Beach has donated more than $205,500 to local non-profits. For those who have considered purchasing a Big Green Egg, Demo Eggs, which are used during the competition, are available for pre-sale at a discounted price. Demo Eggs are available in Large or XLarge and come with a Nest, Integrated Nest Handler, Conveggtor and Mat along with a limited lifetime warranty. Demo Eggs are used during the event and will be available for pick-up between 4 – 5 p.m. on October 15.

Eggs on the Beach will take place from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Oct. 15. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 day of the event. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.EggsontheBeach.com