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Susan Axelrod

Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business for 15 years before turning to journalism. By day, she is the social media editor for Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail or a Maine beer. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or saxelrod@mainetoday.com On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: October 24, 2014

Chef Stephen Richards of The World is Mine Oyster in Boothbay Harbor is the 2014 Maine Lobster Chef of the Year

Written by: Susan Axelrod

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It wasn’t the simplest lobster dish; not by a long shot. “Pumpkin Powdered, Mascarpone & Chestnut Crispy Polenta Bar with Roasted Fig Gastrique, Brown Butter Froth, Peppered Pancetta Chip & 24-hour Cold-Smoked Lobster Claw” sounds like it might be too much of a good thing, a bold, even risky choice in the annual Maine Lobster Chef of the Year competition at Harvest on the Harbor. But Stephen Richards of The World is Mine Oyster in Boothbay Harbor made it all work, besting 9 other chefs to take the coveted title.

Richards was one of two chefs from Boothbay Harbor restaurants – both winners of the third-annual Claw Down lobster bite competition last month, which garnered them a spot at Lobster Chef. In previous years, the Lobster Chef contest has involved four competitors, cooking live on a stage in front of a seated audience; this year marked a significant change with 10 chefs and a tasting-style format.

For more on the 2014 Maine Lobster Chef of the Year competition, see Meredith Goad’s story in the Portland Press Herald.

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