Photo by Natalia Janetti
John Girouard, Chef Esko, Colleen Girouard, Kallie Seniff, Alex Obertop, Betsy Cooley, Sonya Bernhardt & Jennifer Altemus
John Girouard, Chef Esko, Colleen Girouard, Kallie Seniff, Alex Obertop, Betsy Cooley, Sonya Bernhardt & Jennifer Altemus

Cooks for the Citizens Association of Georgetown (CAG) won the cook-off championship Monday night at the new Capella Hotel Georgetown on 31st Street.

On the winning team were CAG President Jennifer M. Altemus, John Girouard, Colleen Girouard, Kallie Seniff and Betsy Cooley.

Capella Chef Jakob Esko displays ingredient (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Capella Chef Jakob Esko displays ingredient

The Capella reception for the Georgetown Business Association, Georgetown Business Improvement District and CAG featured a Georgetown Iron Chef competition on the patio right next to the C&O Canal. The ingredients were supplied by the hotel’s restaurant. The expertise was by the participating competitors.

Among the judges were Sonya Bernhardt, publisher of the Georgetowner newspaper, Jakob Esko, executive chef at the hotel, and hotel GM Alex Obertop.  Or at least we think so, because judging was done behind closed curtains in an interior dining room, although the cooks did their slicing, dicing, frying, and whatever out on the patio for all to see on a beautiful night. The winning dish was a yummy combo of fish and vegetables, said Esko.

The Capella has been doing a series of events to celebrate its recent opening.

Better luck next time: Bill Starrels, Janine Schoonover, Cecilia Browning, Riyad Said, Rokas Beresniovas (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Better luck next time: Bill Starrels, Janine Schoonover, Cecilia Browning, Riyad Said, Rokas Beresniovas