Local chef scores ‘People’s Choice’ award in statewide competition

A Dayton-area chef has snagged two awards for his mastery of pork at a statewide competition.

The event was the Ohio Pork Council’s Taste of Elegance Chefs Competition and Reception that was held earlier this month in downtown Columbus — and which drew more than 200 attendees, including legislators, Ohio Department of Agriculture and Ohio Farm Bureau officials, and representatives from the pork-producing industry.

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Aaron Braun, sous chef at The Meadowlark restaurant at 5531 Far Hills Ave. in Washington Twp., was named “Superior Chef” and also scored the People’s Choice award.

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Each of the three chefs who participated in the event prepared an appetizer and an entrée featuring pork.

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Elizabeth Wiley, founder and owner of Meadowlark, praised Braun and other Meadowlark team members that assisted with the preparation and serving at the event.

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“We are thrilled with his showing, and proud of the original dishes he cooked,” Wiley said. “There was grinning from ear to ear, especially when he was announced the People’s Choice winner.”

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