Two Natalie's at Camden Harbour Inn chefs are finalists for Maine Lobster Chef of the Year at Harvest on the Harbor
For Immediate Release
September 26, 2013
Gillian Britt (207) 775-2126
Camden Harbour Inn chefs to compete for Maine Lobster Chef of the Year at Harvest on the Harbor
PORTLAND, ME – Two chefs from Natalie’s at the Camden Harbour Inn will participate in the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year competition at this year’s Harvest on the Harbor. Executive Chef Jon Gaboric and Line Chef Chris Long will compete against each other and two other competitors for the coveted title.
Executive Chef Jon Gaboric will prepare butter poached lobster with a corn and miso puree, shaved radish salad, geoduck dressing (also called King clam), crispy quinoa and yuzu foam. Chef Gaboric moved to Camden from Austin, Texas where he was the General Manager and Executive Chef at Sobani Restaurant and Wine Bar. He is a previous winner of Food Network’s Chef Wanted.
Line Chef Chris Long will compete with butter poached Maine lobster with grilled lobster mushrooms, corn and artichoke ragout, and tarragon butter. Long joined Natalie’s after working as Executive Chef at Spread Restaurant in Portland. Previous experience includes working as a leader in the kitchen at Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago and as an apprentice to Master Chef Hartmut Handke in the Bocuse d’Or World Cooking Contest in France. Long is a graduate of the Greenbriar Culinary Apprentice program in West Virginia. He has received gold and silver medals for competing in American Culinary Federation events.
"I am thrilled that two out of four chefs competing are from our restaurant" says Raymond Brunyanszki owner of Camden Harbour Inn and Natalie's. "We have an amazing group of talented people in our kitchen and both chefs deserve to win the competition" Brunyanszki continues.
Natalie's at Camden Harbour Inn always has been highlighting the lobster by offering a 5-course Lobster tasting menu.
The Maine Lobster Chef of the Year Competition will take place on Thursday, October 24, 2013 as part of Harvest on the Harbor.
The Maine Lobster Chef of the Year competition is presented by the Maine Lobster Promotion Council. This year’s other competitors are: Shanna O'Hea of the restaurant Academe and Chef Brandon Blethen of Robert's Maine Grill in Kittery
About Camden Harbour Inn and Natalie’s:
The nationally acclaimed Camden Harbour Inn, highly recommended by Andrew Harper Hideaway consistently receives praise from publications such as Departures, Travel & Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, Yankee Magazine and Dispatches for its world-class service and amenities and unparalleled views. Awarded among “51 favorite splurges in the world” by Sherman’s Travel, the Inn attracts an upscale clientele who return often to experience one of New England’s most tranquil, inspired and treasured settings.
Natalie’s at the Camden Harbour Inn has been called the finest gourmet eatery in Maine and is currently listed in the Diner’s Choice Award categories for Best Food, Ambiance, Service and Best Overall on opentable.com. Eater Maine named Natalie’s one of 18 Essential Restaurants in Maine and the restaurant was identified as one of the Best Meals of 2012 by two Maine-based food writers, Joe Ricchio and Nancy Heiser. Natalie’s earned 4 ½ stars from the Maine Sunday Telegram, which called the “dining experience flawless and the food magnificent.”
Under the leadership of new Executive Chef Jon Gaboric, Natalie’s is redefining modern, fine dining in Maine. The restaurant places an emphasis on Maine seafood and offers a four-course Lobster Tasting menu in the summer and fall, a three-course prix fixe menu and a Chef’s Tasting menu. The Wine Spectator-honored wine list features more than 250 specialty wines.
The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday currently; reservations are recommended and may be made through OpenTable or by calling (207) 236-7008. To make a reservation at the Camden Harbour Inn, call (207) 236-4200.
The Inn and Natalie’s have both earned the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award.