When I first heard about the 4th Annual Lamb Jam in Boston, I immediately erased everything from my calendar that day…only to then realize it was being held on my birthday. “Even better!” I thought to myself. There was no way I was going to miss this epic event…not even with a minor snowstorm on the horizon. Hundreds more, determined and hungry, just like me, gathered to celebrate the other red meat at the Charles Hotel earlier this week.
In a nutshell, here’s how the Lamb Jam went down: A total of 17 talented chefs throughout New England (RI/MA/ME) aimed to create the best lamb dish imaginable using Belly & Breast, Leg, Shank, or Shoulder – dividing them into categories based on the cut of meat. We were rooting for the home team as three chefs from Rhode Island made their first appearance at Lamb Jam. However, the odds were in Boston’s favor with 12 chefs competing for the crown. And as we later learned, they were a force to be reckoned with!
Lamb Jam turned out to be one of the best food events I’ve ever attended. Imagine being on an episode of Top Chef, going from station to station tasting one flawless dish after another. Sounds awesome right? It was extremely difficult to pick a clear-cut winner, so here are a few of our favorites along with some other highlights from Sunday night.
Chef Matt Gennuso, Chez Pascal / RI
For the record, I voted for this as my favorite dish. But I swear I’m not bias. 🙂
Chef Beau Vestal – New Rivers / RI
Chef Jim Solomon – The Fireplace / MA
Chef Rich Garcia – 606 Congress / MA
Moroccan BBQ Lamb Roll with Pickled Cabbage, Goat Cheese and Fried Sweet Potato
Lamb Shank Fritter with Garlic Chive Spatzle, Blood Orange, Fried Rosemary and Lamb Jus
Smoked and Braised Lamb Belly on a Steamed Bun with Pickled Radishes and Herb Salad
I’d like to give a special thanks to BostonChefs for organizing this awesome event, the Charles Hotel for hosting it, and the American Lamb Board for giving us something to celebrate. We can’t wait until next year!
For your viewing pleasure, here’s a slideshow with lots more action from Lamb Jam 2013. Enjoy!