Pawleys Island chef vying for Chef of the Year

Pawleys Island, SC - ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (WMBF) - A Pawleys Island man is one of three chefs hoping to bring home the title of American Culinary Federation Southeast Region Chef of the Year.

Robert Beuth, executive chef at Carriage House Club at Litchfield Plantation, is competing for the crown against Georgia chef John Nishiyama and North Carolina chef Philip Lloyd April 24-26 at the 2010 ACF Southeast Regional Conference in Birmingham, AL.

Beuth, CEC, previously worked as executive chef at Grande Dunes Ocean Club in Myrtle Beach, and as executive chef at The Cypress Room at Island Vista/Sea Island Inn in Myrtle Beach. Beuth earned a culinary-arts certificate from Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA, and an associate degree in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI. He has competed in several cooking competitions during the past five years, earning four gold medals and two silver medals. He is a member of ACF Myrtle Beach Chapter.

Chefs were first nominated by colleagues for their high standards, outstanding culinary skills and a reputation for cooking American regional cuisine.

At the competition, chefs will have 15 minutes to set up, 60 minutes to prepare and cook four portions of their dish, 10 minutes to plate the dish and 15 minutes to clean up. A panel of judges will select the winner based on cooking skills, taste and professionalism.

The winner, which will be announced at the Celebrating Regional Excellence Awards Gala April 26, will represent the Southeast region in the national competition in Anaheim, CA, in August.

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