Savor Pittsburgh is the best culinary competition in the city! Chefs from the city’s premier restaurants face off as they compete for multiple awards including the coveted “Dish of the Year”. Behind the scenes, culinary creations will be judged by a panel of local food critics and other celebrity judges.

Restaurant Application Form

Restaurant Name
Contact Name
Participating Chef
Contact Email
Mobile Phone

Choose 1, 2, or all 3 choices:
I will prepare an appetizerI will prepare an entreeI will prepare a dessert

Name of Appetizer
Name of Entree
Name of Dessert

Event Day Food Station Requirements
• Savor Pittsburgh will provide one skirted 8-foot table for presentation and one skirted 8-foot table for food preparation for those entering 1 or 2 categories.
• If you are entering all 3 categories, two tables will be provided for presentation and two tables will be provided for preparation. Plastic cutlery and plates will be provided for serving the public. China plates and silverware will be
provided for serving the judges.
• YOU are responsible for preparing two (2) presentation plates for the judges in each category you enter. These are for viewing purposes only and will NOT be tasted. You must provide your own presentation plates.
• Clean water and ice will be available. A refrigerated truck will be available onsite for storage of perishable items.
• Please note that you MUST prepare 1,000 samples for the public and it must be the same food that you submit for judging. We kindly request that all restaurants serve samples beginning at 5:30 until 9:00 p.m. The award presentation will be at 9:30 p.m.

2017 Judges

Heidi Balas, Steel City Trap Blogger
Rachel Carlson, Yelp Pittsburgh
Rossilynne Culgan, The Incline
Terri Dowd, Parmesan Princess
Chris Fennimore, WQED
Gretchen McKay, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Jessica Merchant, How Sweet It Is Blog
Doug Oster, Tribune-Review and
Madeline Quigley, Good Food Pittsburgh
Jeff Rose, Local Magazine
Rick Sebak, WQED
Ronald Sofranko, Sofranko Advisory Group
Sarah Thomas-Drawbaugh, Healthyish Foods
Walt Vinoski, Vinoski Winery
Chef Frank Vitale, Owner of Cucina Vitale
Linda Weissert, Dinner Plan-It Blogger
Leigh White, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

2017 Culinary Competition Winners

Dish of the Year
Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse

People’s Choice
Butler Brew Works

Best Appetizer
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Best Entree
424 Walnut

Best Dessert
Angelo’s Restaurant