Lexington chefs to compete in ‘BaaBaaQ and Bourbon’ competition

LEXINGON, Ky. (WTVQ) – It’s not as obvious as bourbon but Kentucky was once known for a thriving lamb industry.

“Kentucky used to be known as having some of the finest lamb in the world. And Freedom Run Farm is dedicated to bringing it back to the plate,” said Valerie Samutin, Executive Director of Freedom Run Farm.

Freedom Run Farm is doing that through a fun and tasty event called BaaBaaQ and Bourbon which organizers say will be a celebration of the culinary heritage of lamb in the Commonwealth.

Chefs from five cities – Louisville, Lexington, Cincinnati, Nashville and Indianapolis – will compete for the best lamb BBQ. Representing Lexington are Chef Bob Perry, Chief in Residents with UK College of Agriculture and Chef Wyatt Sarbacker.

BaaBaaQ and Bourbon will take place Sunday, April 7 from 1-3 p.m. at the 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville. You can purchase tickets HERE for $25.

All proceeds go to the Lee Initiative which stands for ‘Let’s Empower Employment’ and works to bring more equality and diversity to the restaurant industry.

“It’s all for a good cause and it’s going to be a blast,” said Chef Sarbacker, who also told us he can’t give away what he plans to make at the actual competition but that it would include locally sourced foods.

Chefs competiting include:

Louisville: Chef Kevin Ashworth, 610 Magnolia.

Lexington: Chef Bob Perry, Chef in Residence, UK College of Agriculture; and Chef Wyatt Sarbacker.

Nashville: Chef Hrant Arakelian, Lyra

Indianapolis: Chef Alan Sternberg, Common House.

Cincinnati: Chef Mitch Arens, Coppin’s Restaurant at Hotel Covington.

Organizers say there will also be a demonstration on cooking lamb fries, a lamb butchery demonstration and live Bluegrass music.

Guests will sample and vote on the winning lamb and will decide who takes home the title of BaaBaaQ Master.

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