Master Chef Maine

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Benefiting: Town of Loxahatchee, Student Scolarship Fund

Saturday March 7, 2020 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Jonathan Merry
River House

Jonathan Merry was born and raised on the coast of Maine in Bath, the “City of Ships”  He chose a path into the world of food as opposed to ships.  Starting out at the age of fifteen at the popular local Kristina’s Restaurant and bakery, there is where he found his passion.  After high school Jon parted town to attend The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.  Spending four year there to complete his Bachelors degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management.

In 2016, after graduating from the CIA, Jon moved to Boston and took a position at Ken Oringers recently opened Toro.  Spending over four years there, he moved up through the ranks in the kitchen.  After departing Toro he joined up with his former Sous Chef from Toro Anthony Mazzotta at Sasso in Bostons Back Bay.  From there he ventured across the Charles River to Cambridge for a chance to work for Tony Maws at Craigie on Maine, where he spent a little less then a year. 

In 2011, Jon decided it was time to return home to Maine and picked up a job at Solo Bistro in his hometown of Bath.  In 2012 Jon turned to a sober lifestyle and left the Restaurant world in a quest to better himself and his life.  Turning to farming, he found himself at Dragonfly Cove Farm in Dresden Maine with a focus on raising Goats.  And if farming wasn’t enough he also felt the need to pick up a part time job baking bread with Derek DeGeer at  Hootenanny Bread.  Five plus years later and feel the burn inside him to get back into the kitchen Jon was presented with the opportunity to team up with Eleanor Kinney to design and open River House in Damariscotta Maine.  Along with opening and running the River House, Jonathan  also has continued his love for goats at Springtide Farm in Bremen where he live with his wife Jenn and their baby girl Freyja. 

Charles Zorich
The Hichborn

Charlie Zorich is the chef and co-owner of ‘ The Hichborn’ restaurant in Stockton Springs, Maine. A fourth generation Chef and Pacific Northwest native, Charlie brings his passion for hospitality and sustainable farm to table cuisine to Mid-Coast Maine.

Chef Charlie is known for vibrant, thoughtful, creative food. Charlie’s food is influenced by Italian, Spanish, low country French and his Grandmother’s cooking. His philosophy is to source the best ingredients, keep it simple and make it delicious. He uses his expertise to follow the seasons and create weekly menus that give the diner a taste of what’s fresh, in that moment from Maine farms, fisheries and foragers.

Charlie was raised in the family food businesses and is a 1995 graduate of Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon. After graduation, he was offered an internship with James Beard favorites, Chef Jimella Lucas and Chef Nanci Main at the internationally renowned Ark restaurant on Willapa Bay in Washington State. These two pioneering Chefs taught Charlie farm to table principles before the term existed. The values and experience in that kitchen have been his culinary compass. Charlie went on to cook at notable restaurants, ‘Circa’, ‘Seastar’ and ‘Serafina’ in Seattle. He then moved back to Portland, Oregon to open his popular neighborhood bistro ‘Epicure’. After Epicure’s closure, he went on to partner in ‘Pickled Fish’, a wood-fired, farm to table gastropub on the coast of Washington State.

Chef Charlie has been featured in regional publications in the Pacific Northwest as well as Sunset magazine. He has contributed recipes to regional cookbooks- “The Best of the Ark & More” and “Eating Up the West Coast”. In his first culinary competition, Charlie won the 2013 ‘Iron Chef Goes Coastal’ in Oregon.

A frequent traveler, Chef Charlie fell in love with the Maine coast. The exceptional quality of local produce, meats and seafood, combined with the rural beauty and slightly slower pace of life made Maine the ideal place to open a small farm to table restaurant.

In late 2017, he and his partner, Kirk Linder, moved across the country to open ‘The Hichborn’. In a short time, the restaurant has garnered a strong following of locals and visitors alike. The restaurant was recently awarded ‘Best Brunch’ by Downeast magazine and has received Diner’s Choice awards for 2018 & 2019 with a 5 star ratings on, TripAdvisor, Google & Yelp.

In his own words, “The Hichborn is the best expression of our skills- delicious, locally sourced food and drink, served with genuine hospitality in a beautiful setting.”

Patrick Duffy
18 Central Oyster Bar & Grill

Patrick Duffy is Chef/Owner of 18 Central Oyster Bar & Grill in Rockport, Maine. He moved back to Maine in 2011 where he helped run Shepherd’s Pie in the same space. Before moving to Maine Patrick worked in and around Boston including, Hamersley’s Bistro, Mamma Maria and Lucca Restaurants. 

Patrick believes in using strong fundamentals and proper technique to ensure depth of flavor in his food. Keeping his menus consistent and seasonal while showcasing the wonderful local produce, meats, cheeses and seafood of the Mid-Coast region has gained Patrick a loyal following. 

$160.00 per person

Rain or Shine | Tickets are non-refundable | Adults 21 and over please

Transfer to another date during the 2019/2020 season; $25.00 per person


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