The place to be on Saturday night for foodies was The Victoria Inn where thirteen local restaurants competed for that perfect bite of food at the sold out Top Chef Thunder Bay. Delicious aromas filled the air as we quickly lined up to make our way around the room. Seared scallops, slow roasted boar and smoked duck confit were being plated right before us in tempting arrangements. Chef Dave Adjey entertained the crowd and Beaux Daddy’s restaurant gave out beads if we “showed our chips” (chips were given for voting) all contributing to the fun of the evening. When the judges tasted what would be the winning bite — the crispy pork torchon from The Sovereign room there was no denying it. As Dave Adjey said, it “exploded in my mouth with flavour,” and mayor Keith Hobbs simply said “OMG.” Steve Simpson graciously accepted the title of Top Chef Thunder Bay to nearly a full room standing ovation. It was an outstanding showing and effort by everyone involved and with the proceeds to support Big Brothers and Big Sisters, everyone went home a winner.