For Palmisano it is not about the competition or winning- it is all about the money raised for CVAA with everything else a bonus. Nearly $25,000 was raised by the Top Chef event, enough to provide over 5,000 meals to local homebound seniors.
Each chef presented his dishes to the panel of judges: Jozef Harrewyn, executive chef and owner of Chef's Corner in Williston, Melissa Pasanen, co-author of the cookbook, "Cooking with Shelburne Farms: Food and Stories from Vermont", Suzanne Podhaizer, a local food critic, and Annie Harlow, a farm-based food consultant.
The crowd watched as the judges meticulously tasted and took notes regarding the flavor, presentation, execution and use of the secret ingredient. In the end their decision was unanimous. Harrewyn made the pronoucement: "Sam Palmisano is our Iron Chef."
Having recently lost his last grandparent, Palmisano said, "My grandmother was one of the blessed ones and many people have not been as lucky as her, CVAA does good work to help the elderly."