Several Maine chefs and other food professionals are participating in the 10th Annual StarChefs International Chefs Congress in Brooklyn, a three-day event that ends Tuesday.

Melissa Kelly, chef/owner of Primo in Rockland and Barton Seaver, Freeport resident and director of the Healthy and Sustainable Food Program at The Center for Health and the Global Environment, joined such culinary stars as Jose Andres and Richard Blais on the main stage at the Brooklyn Expo Center for cooking demonstrations.

Micah Wells, the wine director at Natalie’s in Camden, was invited to be a judge at the Somm Slam, a two-day competition for the country’s top sommeliers.

And Lawrence Klang, the executive chef at Tempo Dulu in Portland, was invited to compete in a two-day Ramen Battle led by five of the country’s top ramen masters. Klang is competing on the team led by Jamison Blankenship of Bar Chuko in Brooklyn.

Trevin Hutchins, the mixologist at Tempo Dulu, served his sake snow cones and popular smoked Jakarta cocktail at the event Monday night.

The theme of this year’s Chefs Congress is “Open Source Cooking: The New Era of Collaboration and Connectivity.”


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