Samoset Chef Wins Key West Contest
Rick Skoglund Jr,, sous chef at the Samoset resort in Rockport, took the best entree award Sunday in the Florida Keys Masters Chef competition. Skoglund's winning entree was Parmesan encrusted scallops stuffed with crab and bruschetta.
Skoglund, a Le Cordon Bleu North America-certified chef, is in Florida for the winter, working at the Samoset's sister Ocean Properties resort, Westin Keys Resort. Skoglund worked from noon to midnight on Saturday, shucking and stuffing 1,000 scallops for the competition.
On Sunday, he competed against almost 30 other restaurants and their chefs for best entree. "It really felt good to compete" he said after the contest. "Developing new recipes and specials are what I enjoy best."
Skoglund, who was previously the executive chef at Kings Eiders pub in Damariscotta, will return to the Samsoset kitchen in the spring.
The Florida Keys Masters Chef competition is the premier food event of the season in Key West.