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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 On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: February 28, 2014

Incredible Breakfast Cook-Off has a new champion

Written by: Susan Axelrod

A pork belly waffle finally beat French toast creme brulee. After four years as the Incredible Breakfast Cook-Off Champion, Chef Lisa Kostopolous of The Good Table Restaurant in Cape Elizabeth was knocked from her perch by Chef Tim Labonte of Eve’s at the Garden at the Portland Harbor Hotel. Kostopolous came in second at the fifth-annual kick-off to Maine Restaurant Week, held this morning at Sea Dog Brewing Company  in South Portland. East Ender, a newcomer to the competition, took third.

For more on the cook-off, including the recipe for the winning dish, see

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