Thursday, November 17, 2011

Deltona Mayor John Masiarczyk dubbed the "Boss of Sauce"

Dave Anderson and Gale Lemerand pose wth Chef's Boss of Sauce
winner John Masiarczyk and his wife Barbara.
Deltona Mayor John Masiarczyk, thanks to his wife Barbara, has earned a year of bragging rights that go with being named the “Boss of Sauce” during the inaugural Mayors’ Fun Coast Barbecue Cup hosted this week by the Daytona State College Foundation.

Barbara Masiarczyk's "Smokey John's BBQ Sauce" won the Chef’s Boss of Sauce Award after nearly 300 barbecue lovers from throughout the community rendezvoused at Daytona State’s Mori Hosseini Center to sample the competition among mayors from Daytona Beach, DeLand, Deltona, Holly Hill, Ormond Beach, Ponce Inlet and South Daytona.

The event challenged each mayor to enter his or her own barbecue sauce, or one from a constituent or restaurant from within the city they represent. Sauce samples were served over meats prepared by
Daytona State’s culinary program students and chefs, and the public was invited to vote on their favorites for 50 cents per vote.

Masiarczyk’s recipe was selected tops in tastiness by a panel of judges that included Michael Benedict, a
Florida Bar-B-Que Association certified judge and owner of Benedict Advertising, Daytona Beach; Daytona State Culinary Chef David Weir; Ken Mincer, executive chef of Stonewood Grill and Tavern, Ormond Beach; and honorary judge Chuck Eaton, husband of Daytona State College President Carol Eaton. In addition, event patrons also voted a delectable concoction entered by South Daytona Mayor George Locke called “Kati’s Special Sauce” as winner of the People’s Choice Award. The recipe was prepared by Kati Hall, daughter of South Daytona Police Chief William Hall.
South Daytona Police Chief Bill Hall and his daughter, Kati, took
home the People's Choice Award.
“The Foundation would like to thank all of our contestants and judges for helping to make this a most enjoyable, successful and yummy event,” said Foundation Executive Director Donna Sue Sanders. “We’re already looking forward to next year’s competition.” 
The event was inspired by an L. Gale Lemerand Entrepreneurial Speaker Series activity held the same evening, which featured Dave Anderson, founder of Famous Dave’s of America, a national restaurant chain with more than 170 locations. Anderson inspired the audience, which included many students from the college’s business programs, with his story of a humble start as an entrepreneur who experienced many failures along the road to eventually becoming one of the most recognized names in the restaurant industry.