Juliet wins “Best of Show” and “Best Mediterranean” at Austin’s Lamb Jam Tour
Chef Jacob Weaver of Juliet stole the show and accepted his first place spot in both “Best of Show” and “Best Mediterranean” categories for this year’s Austin Lamb Jam. Chef Jacob Weaver will take his winning braised lamb neck dish to the fall finale in New York City to compete for title of “Lamb Jam Master” alongside winners from Lamb Jams in Seattle, Boston, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.
Sponsored by the American Lamb Board, the Austin event sold out fast, bringing over 300 hungry fans to Barr Mansion to taste several globally inspired lamb concepts prepared by the Austin’s finest chefs. Myself and a distinguished panel of local food media judges blind tasteed each of the different lamb dishes, declaring the following winners in each category:
- Best of Show and Best Mediterranean: Chef Jacob Weaver of Juliet – Braised lamb neck and gnocchi Parisienne
- Best Latin American: Chef Joe Anguiano of VOX Table – Taco de birria de cordero: lamb taco
- Best Middle Eastern: Chef Chris Hurley of The Bonneville – Roasted pear and chestnut soup with Moroccan spiced lamb shoulder
- Best Asian: Chef Amir Hajimaleki of Oasthouse Gastropub – Sous vide lamb belly nigiri
- People’s Choice: Chef Danny Kievit of Moonshine Grill – Love you lamb time: Vietnamese meatball in lettuce wrap with crispy rice and pickled vegetable