Last Night: Photos from the RFT's Iron Fork Competition at Union Station

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Last night, the business department for the Riverfront Times staged its annual Iron Fork chef competition. New this year was a bartending competition (photos on page 2.) The venue was the Marriott Hotel at St. Louis' Union Station, and in addition to the food-and-drink prep throwdown, more than 25 area restaurants offered their food for sampling. If you missed it, here's a recap.

Slideshow: The Food of Iron Fork

Iron Fork Competition Photos: Four chefs -- Josh Galliano of Monarch; Bernard Foster, executive sous chef of the Hyatt at the Arch; Eric Kelly of Scape American Bistro; and Thomas Kent of Hwy 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen -- competed for a panel of judges for a Movado Watch valued at $1,200, from Vinciquerra Jewelers and  a professional knife set valued at $1,000 by Bertarelli Cutlery.

Thomas Kent's (Hwy 61 Roadhouse in Webster Groves) "Blackened red snapper with a rosemary hollandaise, blanched asparagus and drunken goat cheese risotto." - PHOTO EGAN O'KEEFE
  • Photo Egan O'Keefe
  • Thomas Kent's (Hwy 61 Roadhouse in Webster Groves) "Blackened red snapper with a rosemary hollandaise, blanched asparagus and drunken goat cheese risotto."


The dish of Iron Fork 2010 winner Bernard Foster (Hyatt Regency at the St. Louis Arch): Sous vide halibut in pinot noir, rhubarb compote, pinot noir gastrique. - PHOTO: EGAN O'KEEFE
  • Photo: Egan O'Keefe
  • The dish of Iron Fork 2010 winner Bernard Foster (Hyatt Regency at the St. Louis Arch): Sous vide halibut in pinot noir, rhubarb compote, pinot noir gastrique.

Josh Galliano of Monarch in Maplewood: Filet mignon stuffed with bone marrow and truffles, served with a fricassee of asparagus and fresh garbanzos. - PHOTO: EGAN O'KEEFE
  • Photo: Egan O'Keefe
  • Josh Galliano of Monarch in Maplewood: Filet mignon stuffed with bone marrow and truffles, served with a fricassee of asparagus and fresh garbanzos.
Justin Wacker (~Scape American Bistro): Pan-seared halibut with cranberry and mint purée. - PHOTO: EGAN O'KEEFE
  • Photo: Egan O'Keefe
  • Justin Wacker (~Scape American Bistro): Pan-seared halibut with cranberry and mint purée.
Iron Fork 2010 winner Bernard Foster. - PHOTO: EGAN O'KEEFE
  • Photo: Egan O'Keefe
  • Iron Fork 2010 winner Bernard Foster.
Iron Fork Bartending Photos are on the next page... Iron Fork Bartending Competition Photos: Bartenders from a dozen area establishments, including Sanctuaria, Olympia, Absolutli Goosed, Llywelyn's Pub, Bleeding Deacon Public House, the Crack Fox, the Scottish Arms, the Shaved Duck, Station Grill, Lola, Quintessential and Red Lion competed in the "Stoli Mixologist Competition."
Matt Fournier of the Shaved Duck making "The Laurenado." Fournier won the second round. - PHOTO: EGAN O'KEEFE
  • Photo: Egan O'Keefe
  • Matt Fournier of the Shaved Duck making "The Laurenado." Fournier won the second round.
Matt McCullin of Lola downtown's "Caramel Apple Martini." - PHOTO: EGAN O'KEEFE
  • Photo: Egan O'Keefe
  • Matt McCullin of Lola downtown's "Caramel Apple Martini."
Shera Kulow of the Red Lion in Maplewood makes her "Safari Breeze." - PHOTO: EGAN O'KEEFE
  • Photo: Egan O'Keefe
  • Shera Kulow of the Red Lion in Maplewood makes her "Safari Breeze."
Ryan "Burns" of the Bleeding Deacon Public House prepares the Uptown cocktail. - PHOTO: EGAN O'KEEFE
  • Photo: Egan O'Keefe
  • Ryan "Burns" of the Bleeding Deacon Public House prepares the Uptown cocktail.
Robin Schurbert of Absolutli Goosed on South Grand mixes the "Alotta Fagina." - PHOTO: EGAN O'KEEFE
  • Photo: Egan O'Keefe
  • Robin Schurbert of Absolutli Goosed on South Grand mixes the "Alotta Fagina."
Ryan Sloss of Quintessential smiles over his "Stoli-infused Q-Cosmo." - PHOTO: EGAN O'KEEFE
  • Photo: Egan O'Keefe
  • Ryan Sloss of Quintessential smiles over his "Stoli-infused Q-Cosmo."
The winner of last night's competition: Jenny Kreider of the Scottish Arms on Sarah Street mixes her "Sexy Scotter" cocktail. - PHOTO: EGAN O'KEEFE
  • Photo: Egan O'Keefe
  • The winner of last night's competition: Jenny Kreider of the Scottish Arms on Sarah Street mixes her "Sexy Scotter" cocktail.
It's good to be a judge in a cocktail contest. - PHOTO: EGAN O'KEEFE
  • Photo: Egan O'Keefe
  • It's good to be a judge in a cocktail contest.
Finalsts Matt Fournier (the Shaved Duck), Terry Olivery (Olympia Kebob House & Taverna) and Jenny Kreider (the Scottish Arms.) - PHOTO: EGAN O'KEEFE
  • Photo: Egan O'Keefe
  • Finalsts Matt Fournier (the Shaved Duck), Terry Olivery (Olympia Kebob House & Taverna) and Jenny Kreider (the Scottish Arms.)
Jenny Kreider of the Scottish Arms smiles after finding out she won the competition with her "Sexy Scooter." - PHOTO: EGAN O'KEEFE
  • Photo: Egan O'Keefe
  • Jenny Kreider of the Scottish Arms smiles after finding out she won the competition with her "Sexy Scooter."