The American Lamb Board held their third annual Lamb Jam at The Charles Hotel in Boston tonight. Chef Brian Alberg of The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Massachusetts took home the trophy for Best Overall dish, as well as winning Best Shoulder dish for his Lamb Shoulder & Kale Meatballs with Farm Girl Farm Smoked Tomato Puree & Parmesan Crustade. There were eighteen chefs and restaurants represented at the event, each preparing one lamb dish using either a leg, shank, loin or shoulder cut of American lamb. There was also a lamb butchery demo given by butchers from Tavolo and The Meat House, along with beer served by eight area breweries and wine from J. Lohr. A portion of the proceeds went to support Share Our Strength.
As Best in Show winner, Alberg will now compete in California later this year against the winners of Lamb Jams being held in cities around the country. The winners in other categories this evening were: Chef Cassie Piuma of Oleana was the People’s Choice favorite for Lebanese Style Lamb Crepe with Harra Sauce, Crushed Walnuts, Cucumber & Pomegranate; Best Leg dish went to Chef Brian Reyelt of Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar for Lamb Leg & Bone Marrow Polpettone with Bourbon Cherries; Best Shank dish went to Chef Michael Scelfo of Russell House Tavern for Braised Lamp Shank Terrine, Caraway Brioche, Horseradish and Crispy Lamb Bacon.
For the first time there was a Providence chef in the competition and he is bringing home a category best trophy. Best Loin dish went to Chef Matt Jennings of Farmstead/La Laiterie for Korean Lamb Reuben: Red Miso Cured Lamb Loin, Sauerruben, Gochujang 1000 Island and Smoked Emmentaler on a Semolina & Lamb Fat Roll. Jennings served his sandwich with lamb fat fried potato chips which were a huge hit. Congratulations to all the winners.