This year marks the 12th year of Nicky USA’s popular culinary showdown event, Wild About Game, where top chefs from Seattle and Portland meet in battle showcasing locally raised meats. Temperatures will rise, and bragging rights laid on the line as top chefs from each city battle it out against each other for culinary glory.
With the fiercest line-up to date, patrons will watch one chef rise to the top. Competitors for the 2012 Wild About Game will include: Food & Wine Best New Chef Jenn Louis of Lincoln and Sunshine Tavern (Portland), James Beard Award winner Johnathan Sundstrom of Lark (Seattle), Food & Wine Best New Chef Cormac Mahoney of Madison Park Conservancy (Seattle), and James Beard nominee Chris Israel of Gruner and Corazon (Portland). Combat begins with Chef Louis battling Chef Mahoney while Chef Sundstrom is pitted against Chef Israel. The day will also lend to other match ups including: Chris Carriker of Gilt Club (Portland) vs. Carrie Mashaney of Spinasse (Seattle), and Gregory Gourdet of Departure (Portland) vs. Nathan Lockwood of Altura (Seattle). Balancing out the day of sweat and smoke, Nicky USA is bringing back the Artisan Marketplace showcasing products from the Pacific Northwest.