Local chef wins first prize at Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival

This past weekend, Chef Liz Morris from Eagle Creek Brewing Company won first place at this year’s Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival. Morris defeated six other chefs from across Georgia, including defending champion Chef Andrew Smith of West Egg Café in Atlanta, who took home second place and Chef John Helfrich of Southern Soul Barbeque on St. Simons Island, who finished in third place.

Rachel Adams

This past weekend, Chef Liz Morris from Eagle Creek Brewing Company won first place at this year’s Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival.

Morris took home the first place prize for “Georgia’s Best Shrimp & Grits” title, said Mary Eva Tredway, publicity director of Butin Integrated Communications, in an email.

Morris defeated six other chefs from across Georgia, including defending champion Chef Andrew Smith of West Egg Café in Atlanta, who took home second place and Chef John Helfrich of Southern Soul Barbeque on St. Simons Island, who finished in third place.

“It was an honor to win,” Morris said. “I’ve never competed in a food competition, so to win my first one just brought me overwhelming happiness. It means a lot to bring it home to Statesboro because that’s where I’m from.”

The first-place includes a $2,000 cash prize, an official award to hang in the restaurant and a feature on SouthernLiving.com, Tredway said in the email.

Eagle Creek Brewing Company is located in downtown Statesboro at 106 Savannah Ave B.

Rachel Adams, The George-Anne Daily Reporter, [email protected]