Young and Hungry

Scenes from the 2009 Capital Food Fight


The scene inside the Reagan Building

Blue Ridge's Barton Seaver was gunning for the title for the third straight year at the 2009 Capital Food Fight, held last night inside the Reagan Building. His competition included not only last year's finalist, Peter Smith from PS 7's, but also two Top Chef contestants (Mike Isabella from Zaytinya and Bryan Voltaggio from Volt) and one out-of-town ringer, celebrity chef Michael Mina of Bourbon Steak.

Seaver performed honorably but ultimately lost to Mina the Carpetbagger. But, hey, it's not about competition, right? It's a fundraiser for D.C. Central Kitchen, the non-profit with the master plan to attack homelessness and poverty.

Below the fold are more pictures from the event, courtesy of Reflections Photography. Used with permission.


Mike Isabella, stressin', during an early round challenge.


Michael Mina, the very picture of calm


Judge Carla Hall, giving somebody what for.


Chairman and host José Andrés, no mere figurehead at this event


Co-host Anthony Bourdain, looking bemused


Ris Lacoste, dreaming of her restaurant opening


Judge Eric Ripert raises an eyebrow over something


Barton Seaver, losing with grace and a man hug


Ripert and winner, Mina: Can we get someone local in here?