Ramen Battle returns with top chefs this summer

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Slurping Turtle restaurant in Ann Arbor announced this week the return of its annual Ramen Battle. Popular Metro Detroit chefs will go head to head at the culinary showdown this summer.

The noodle joint’s own chef Tadashi Nagura will compete against two of Corktown’s top chefs — Brad Greenhill of Katoi and Brendon Edwards of Gold Cash Gold — along with Joseph Van Wagner of Ferndale’s Local Kitchen and Derik Watson, the culinary mind at Bistro 82 in Royal Oak.

Besides bragging rights, the winning chef gets $2,000 for a charity of his choice.

Ticket holders to the July 16 event get to sample each chefs’ spin on ramen and vote for their favorite. Tickets, $65, should be reserved in advance at slurpingturtle.com/annarbor. The afternoon party will be held at Slurping Turtle, 608 E. Liberty in Ann Arbor. Call (734) 887-6868.

Nationally-known chef Takashi Yagihashi opened this Slurping Turtle in 2014 and held the first Ramen Battle there in 2015. Selden Standard chef Andy Hollyday took the title and earned $2000 for Cass Community Services. Host chef Nagura won the contest in 2016.

Yagihashi debuted the original Slurping Turtle in Chicago in 2011.


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