March 1, 2013

Incredible Breakfast Cook-Off serves up an incredible ending

By Meredith Goad mgoad@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Lisa Kostopoulos of The Good Table Restaurant and Jeff Landry of The Farmer's Table react after learning they were sharing first place at The Incredible Breakfast Cook-Off held at Sea Dog Brewing Co. in South Portland on Friday.

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The Good Table Restaurant entry of creme brulee french toast at The Incredible Breakfast Cook-Off held at Sea Dog Brewing Co. in South Portland, Friday March1, 2013.

John Patriquin / Staff Photographer

Meredith Goad has mouth-watering photos of Friday's contest entries in her A La Carte blog.

Knight voted for Landry's dish, saying "the quail egg was unbelievable."

The Good Egg Cafe in Portland came in a close second, in her opinion, with its Savory Corned Beef Hash and Egg Danish with a Mustard Horseradish Hollandaise.

"If you put salty meat, egg, cheese and butter sauce together, I'll be there," Knight said.

Hayward ended up voting for The Farmer's Table as well, but said Kostopoulos's French toast was also a favorite. "It was neck and neck between the two," she said.

At another table, six students from the University of New England chewed over their votes.

Christina Szeto tried everything, and liked Kostopoulos's dish and the bread pudding from the Freeport Seafood Co. She voted for Kostopoulos.

But four of the six people in the group cast their votes for Landry.

"I thought the presentation was really good," said Jane Lee, noting that the quail egg on top showed "attention to detail."

Lauren Englert said she asked Landry to make hers without meat, "and I still voted for it."

After the tie was announced, Kostopoulos said she thought sharing the win was "the best-case scenario."

She liked the fact that one sweet dish and one savory dish won, and thinks the organizers should consider having two separate categories next year.

Landry said it seemed like more men were at the event this year, and "men like the savory."

In past years, Landry has been too busy at the competition to taste everyone else's dishes. This year, he made a point of trying Kostopoulos's Creme Brulee French Toast.

"I tasted her dish for the first time this year," he said, "and I thought it was extraordinary."

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