Beckett’s meatball soup won Best of Show honors based on blind testing by celebrity judges. His turkey quinoa meatball recipe with kale and peppers — the Best of Show winner —
also won in the Seasonal category, and he took top honors in the Vegan/Vegetarian category with his pumpkin/squash soup.
Sunset Grill in San Simeon won in the Best Chowder or Bisque category for its New England Clam Chowder, and the People’s Choice Award, voted on by more than 250 attendees, went to Blue Sky Bistro of Morro Bay for its lobster bisque.
The judges sampled tastings of each soup entered by the 13 chefs and restaurants that competed in the Nov. 1 event.
The panelists were Hal Abrams, Morro Bay Community Radio founder; Lynne Andujar, editor-in-chief of 805 Living magazine; Neil Farrell, Bay News editor; Chef Philipp Riccomini, executive chef, Paso Robles Culinary Academy; and Chef William Werner, James Beard nominee and chef/owner of Craftsman and Wolves in San Francisco.
Participating chefs and restaurants also represented Paso Robles, Templeton, Cayucos and San Luis Obispo.
The Soupabration event, which also featured wine tasting, was a benefit for Pacific Wildlife Care in Morro Bay.