Chef Roland Glauser Wins Taste of Nova Scotia Chowder Cook-off

Photo of: Chef Roland Chowder Cook Off  2015For Immediate Release
May 14, 2015

Press Release
Halifax, N.S. – Roland Glauser, chef and owner of Charlotte Lane Cafe in Shelburne, is the winner of the 2015 Taste of Nova Scotia Chowder Cook-off. Glauser was one of 10 local chefs who faced-off on the culinary stage during the Saltscapes Expo from April 24 to 26, 2015.

“It’s an untraditional chowder for sure…I wanted to try something new and different so I came up with this version. We’ve already added it to our new menu and so far it’s been a hit,” says Glauser. “Competing is always a bit stressful and lots of extra work but it helps promote Charlotte Lane and the whole of Shelburne County…to put it on the map and showcase what great things there are in our region.”

On the new Charlotte Lane menu it’s listed as Taste of Nova Scotia: Roland’s Award Winning Chowder. Glauser’s winning creation features a base made of cream, Boxing Rock Brewery’s Hunky Dory Pale Ale, Jost Vineyard’s Tidal Bay, fish stock and tarragon. Ingredients also include local scallops, maple smoked salmon, haddock, North Atlantic pink shrimp, parsnip, sweet potato, red onion and bacon.

Photo of: Chef Roland's winning chowder

“Supporting all of our local producers is good for all of us and it helps our food security so that we don’t have to depend so much on other regions to grow our food,” says Glauser. “That’s why we support Taste of Nova Scotia. They are a big promoter of everything local. They’re a great organization to promote, support and secure local traditions and customs.”

New to this year’s competition, chefs had to pair their chowders with a local beer, wine or spirit. Glauser paired his chowder with Boxing Rock Brewery’s Hunky Dory Pale Ale.

Chef Brad Wammes from Kitchen Door Catering placed second. Chef Mark Gabrieau from Gabrieau’s Bistro and Chef Thomas Carey from Pictou Lodge Beach Resort tied for third in the Chowder Cook-Off.

Chef competitors also included Kim Stacey (Emma’s Eatery), Jonathan Joseph (Argyler Lodge), Chris Velden (Flying Apron Cookery), Dan Vorstermans (Field Guide), Jonathan Rhyno (Lane’s Privateer Inn) and Tracy Wallace (Cabot Links). Final scores for the competition were compiled based on a combination of the judges’ marks and votes from the audience. All competing chefs have restaurants on the Taste of Nova Scotia Chowder Trail.

The 2015 Chowder Trail launched May 1, 2015 and features unique chowder recipes from 61 restaurants around the province. For more information about The Chowder Cook-Off, the Chowder Trail and Taste of Nova Scotia visit


For more information please contact:

Christine White
Director of Communications & Events, Taste of Nova Scotia
Phone: (902) 492-9291, ext 115
Cell: (902) 880-2180

About Taste of Nova Scotia
Taste of Nova Scotia is a unique, province-wide marketing program, whose members are committed to offering the very best culinary experiences and products that Nova Scotia has to offer. The Taste of Nova Scotia membership base includes more than 150 quality food producers and processors, as well as a collection of the best restaurants in the

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