MyNorth Northern Michigan Chef Showdown Over Local Foods

Northern Michigan Chef Showdown Over Local Foods and chefs across Northern Michigan team up to showcase the North’s abundance of local foods

Traverse City, MI–, the online home of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, challenged Northern Michigan chefs from Thompsonville, Traverse City and the Leelanau Peninsula to Petoskey and Walloon Lake to prepare a dish that is made with 95 percent Michigan products. We call it the Chef Showdown: Local Foods. And Northern Michigan’s chefs have responded with gusto.

The rules? Prepare a dish of your choice, savory or sweet, but 90 percent of the ingredients must be either raised, grown or foraged in Northern Michigan and an additional 5 percent must be raised, grown or foraged somewhere in Michigan. Additionally, the chefs agreed to provide our readers with their recipes and list of local ingredients—so the MyNorth audience could shop local and prepare the dishes themselves at home.

With so much goodness coming from so many restaurant kitchens we’re sending MyNorth Media videographer Kris Riley to capture the action in high-definition video. Immediately after they are produced, each Chef Showdown: Local Foods video will be posted on—accompanied by press releases announcing their posting. (To find the videos on simply type “Chef Showdown: Local Foods” into the search bar.) Once all the videos are live on the site, we’ll invite our online readers to vote on their favorite recipes and announce the popular vote.

Chef Eric Nittolo of The Boathouse Restaurant hosts the first episode of Chef Showdown: Local Foods with a sumptuous lamb recipe prepared in his kitchen on Old Mission Peninsula just north of Traverse City. Consumers can watch this first demonstration of cooking with Northern Michigan’s foods on Monday, May 3rd on

Here are the chefs competing in Chef Showdown: Local Foods:

  • Eric Nittolo, The Boathouse Restaurant, Old Mission Peninsula
  • Darren Hawley, Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville
  • Sam Hybels, Gusto Ristorante, Suttons Bay
  • Martha Ryan, Martha’s Leelanau Table, Suttons Bay
  • Randy Chamberlain, Blu, Glen Arbor
  • John Piombo, Executive Chef, The Homestead Resort , Glen Arbor
  • Gerald Gramzay, Corporate Chef, Stafford’s, Petoskey
  • Joseph M. George, Executive Chef, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Acme
  • Phil Murray, Phil’s on Front Street, Traverse City
  • David Beier, Walloon Lake Inn, Walloon Lake
  • Tom Sawyer, Riverside Inn, Leland
  • Eric Patterson, Cook’s House, Traverse City
  • Hannah Bistro, Traverse City
  • Myles Anton, Trattoria Stella, Traverse City

Now in its 30th year, Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine has been a strong supporter of local foods since its beginnings and has a long history of covering what’s in season, what’s made in Michigan and local wines, spirits and beers. And MyNorth Media has published The Cottage Cookbook: Recipes for Summer Up North available in the store on

About MyNorth Media, and Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine:
MyNorth Media, founded as Prism Publications Inc., 30 years ago by Deborah Wyatt Fellows, publishes, Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, Northern Home & Cottage, MyNorth Vacation Guide and MyNorth Wedding, in addition to several other print and online publications. Traverse Magazine and its staff have won more than a dozen national and international awards for excellence, including a 2008 silver award for general excellence from the City and Regional Magazine Association and the 2007 “Magazine of the Year" award from the International Regional Magazine Association. MyNorth Media has also published Reflections of a Life Up North, a coffee-table book of stunning photography from Traverse Magazine paired with a collection of Fellows’s columns, which has been reprinted in an expanded edition. MyNorth Media is also a proud participant and sponsor of many events including the Traverse City Film Festival, Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival and the National Cherry Festival’s Cherries D’Vine event. The privately held company is headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan. For more information, visit or call (231) 941-8174.


Elizabeth Edwards, Managing Editor
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