Top Chef: Downtown Iowa City

Presented by Hills Bank and Trust Company and US Foods

Supported by hotelVetro, John's Grocery & The Art Mission 

Top Chef: Iowa City Downtown District is the local culinary event of the spring. Downtown and Northside Marketplace restaurants prepare signature dishes from some of the area's favorite restaurants, while area mixologists craft exquisite cocktails. The title "Top Chef" is awarded by a panel of culinary experts and all guests can weigh in to determine the People's Choice winner. 

2014 Top Chef:Downtown Winners

Top Chef:Downtown- Christian Prochaska with Bread Garden Market featuring their Seared Lamb Burger 

Top Dessert Chef:Downtown-Abbie Misfeldt with Molly's Cupcakes featuring their Key Lime Pie Cupcakes

People's Choice 1st Place Top Chef:Downtown-Brian Kirkman with Linn St Cafe featuring their Slow Roasted Local Duck Roulade 

People's Choice 2nd Place Top Chef:Downtown-Christian Prochaska with Bread Garden Market featuring their Seared Lamb Burger

People's Choice 3rd Place Top Chef:Downtown-Nick Craig with Brix Cheese and Wine Shop featuring their La Quercia Proscuitto & Peach Salad 

People's Choice 1st Place Top Dessert Chef-Abbie Misfeldt with Molly's Cupcakes featuring their Key Lime Pie Cupcakes

People's Choice 2nd Place Top Dessert Chef- Dee Jurgens with The Gluten Free Annex at John's featuring their Boom Boom Brownies 

People's Choice 3rd Place Top Dessert Chef- Veronica Tessler with Yotopia Frozen Yogurt featuring their Tiramisu Frozen Yogurt 

People's Choice 1st Place Top Mixologist-Casey Kidwell with Graze featuring their Grape Flower Martini

People's Choice 2nd Place Top Mixologist-Adam Olesen with Clinton Street Social Club featuring their Old Sin

People's Choice 3rd Place Top Mixologist- Will Talbott with Joesph's Steakhouse featuring their Two-Twelve 

2014 Judges Panel Bios 

2014 Chef, Restaurant and Judge Bios 

2014 Program/Menu  

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Fifteen downtown restaurants will showcase their dishes and desserts, while guests and judges will have the opportunity to cast their votes for their favorites. Participants will be put through their paces in impromptu interviews with the judging panel and assessed not only on their dish recipe, but also on their presentation and technique. The 2014 judges panel includes celebrated chefs: Chef Chad Cushman of Davenport, Iowa largely known for his artisan creperie, Chef Andy Schumacher of Cobble Hill restaurant in Cedar Rapids, IA and Chef David Baruthio of Baru 66 restaurant in Des Moines, IA, Chefs Brian Kalata and Jeremy Ralph of The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, Chef Shawn of US Foods, and Deb Schaffer of Hills Bank and Trust Company. 

Top Chef:Downtown isn't just for food lovers. Seven of the best mixologists from around the downtown will create specialty cocktails from their restaurant menus using liquors found at John's Grocery. Mixologists will compete for the title of People's Choice for Top Mixologist.

2014 participating restaurants: 

Entree Category-
FORMOSA Restaurant & Bar
Brix Cheese Shop & Wine Bar
Share Wine Lounge & Small Plate Bistro
Nodo: coffee, carry out & catering Iowa City
John's Grocery
Bread Garden Market & Bakery
Givanni's Iowa City
Linn Street Cafe

Dessert Category-
Molly's Cupcakes Iowa City
Yotopia Frozen Yogurt
The Gluten Free Annex 
The Java House
New Pioneer Co-op
FairGrounds Coffeehouse

Mixologist Category-
The Mill
Clinton Street Social Club
Graze Iowa City
Pints Iowa City
Quinton's Bar & Deli Iowa City
Joseph's Steakhouse Iowa City

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