Last night I was the guest judge for TownePlace Suites‘ flip the grill barbecue event in celebration of their milestone 300th location in North Austin at 12427 Tech Ridge Blvd. TownePlace Suites partnered with Weber to create the ultimate grilling experience by Weber Grill Master Kevin Kolman. Two of Austin’s top pitmasters Chef Sonya Cote and Chef Evan LeRoy went head-to-head in a grill-off.
The Flip The Grill Barbecue started with Weber Grill Master Kevin Kolman welcoming everyone to TownePlace Suites’ 300th location and introducing the pit masters and judges.
Food artist Jesse Bearden used barbecue sauce to paint this art piece of Austin!
Guests dined on frito pie, grilled avocados (pictured above), and smoked cocktails!
GRILLED CHICKEN BY CHEF EVAN LEROY
Chef Evan LeRoy of LeRoy and Lewis, Austin’s newest school barbecue truck parked at South Congress and Pickle Rd, was the first pit master. LeRoy and Lewis is a new food truck presenting a creative style of barbecue, bridging the gap between the traditional cuisine and farm-to-table dining by focusing on sourcing local and seasonal ingredients.
Chef Evan made grilled chicken marinated with the ramen seasoning and a ramen noodles salad with grilled vegetables and crumbled doritos.
GRILLED STEAK BY CHEF SONYA COTE
Chef Sonya Cote is the owner and chef behind Eden East and Hillside Farmacy, and now Sinclair – a farm to table restaurant in Clifton, Texas.
Chef Sonya Cote made a grilled steak with raisin reduction and grilled vegetables. Her secret weapon? Smoked wood chips to get the steak that authentic barbecue flavor.
As the guest of the barbecue competition, I had to try both Chef Sonya’s steak and Chef Evan’s chicken. And the winner of the barbecue competition? Chef Sonya Cote – congratulations! The steak was so succulent and juicy with an incredible smoked flavor.
Afterwards, we dined on brisket, chicken wings, baked beans, mac & cheese from LeRoy and Lewis. So good!