About Last Night: Masters, Cooking Masterfully


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The story line of Open Stove XXXIII is an odd one: For the first time, the competition was comprised of two graduates of the COOK Masters Program: Christopher Ritter of The Grubhouse and Kris Serviss of Blue Duck Sandwich Company. For those of you who don’t know, the COOK Masters Program is an annual, free instructional cooking series at COOK, taught by some of the country’s biggest culinary names, for students who are truly passionate about pursuing a professional career in the restaurant industry. So we took two people who’ve graduated from the program, put them up against one another, and watched them fight it out.

Weirdly enough, one of them brought an orthodontist as his sous.

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New Menu at the Grubhouse

Photo by Courtney Apple

Photo by Courtney Apple

West Passyunk’s Grubhouse came on the scene earlier this year, winning a Best of Philly award for Hangover Cure. Now they’ve brought on Chris Ritter, a former cook at Brauhaus Schmitz and alum of the COOK Masters Program, to enhance the kitchen’s offerings. Today they debut their tightened up menu with ingredients like, “bacon fat powdered sugar” and a pretty awesome sounding bologna sandwich with bacon fat onions, hot sauce mayo and American cheese.

The new Grubhouse menu »