Earlier this week (February 27th), The Graduate in Iowa City was transformed into a culinary mecca! According to the Iowa City Press Citizen, almost 400 local foodies came out to sample food and drinks from local bars and restaurants for Top Chef: Iowa City. The annual event featured booths from 26 different area businesses, all with unique creations. Those participating businesses include:

To determine the 2023 Top Chef: Iowa City winners, a panel of judges were tasked with tasting all of the entries. There were seven judges in the dessert and entree categories and three judges in the mixology category. Attendees were also able to vote on the People's Choice winners. Here are all of the champs, courtesy of the Iowa City Downtown District Facebook page:

ENTREE - Judges' and People's Choice Award Winners:
  1. Wagyu Beef Shank from The Webster
  2. Risotta Alla Bella from Baroncini
  3. Pepper-Crusted Smoked Pork Tenderloin from The Graduate
DESSERT - Judges' and People's Choice Award Winner:
  1. Black Strap Betty Molasses Cookie from The Dandy Lion


  • Judges' Award Winners:
    1. Milk Money from Wild Culture Kombucha
    2. Get Fresh Gimlet from Get Fresh Cafe
  • People's Choice Award Winners:
    1. Milk Money from Wild Culture Kombucha
    2. Island in the Cornfield from Shorts Burger & Shine

Congrats to all of this year's winners! You can check out the rest of the dishes and drinks served at the event HERE.

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