He is Executive Chef Jason Viscount of Bricco restaurant in Harrisburg, Pa. Bricco opened its doors in 2006. In 2007, Bricco was named “Best New Restaurant” by Harrisburg Magazine readers.
It was selected to become a member of DiRōNA, Distinguished Restaurants of North America, an honor that fewer than 800 restaurants have earned in North America, Canada and Mexico since the organization’s conception 20 years ago.
Bricco is also the premier teaching restaurant in the region thanks to the collaboration between Olewine School of Culinary Arts at Harrisburg Community College and the Harrisburg Hotel Corporation, Bricco’s managing company. Chef Viscount not only teaches students how to cook, but also to create menus inspired by locally available ingredients.
Newark Mayor Vance Funk says, “It brings excitement and anticipation to the day to have someone of Chef Jason’s caliber join one of my favorite Newark events. I could not be happier having him participate in the Taste of Newark.”
His signature dish is braised beef short ribs, which tends to be an underutilized piece of meat that he believes, with the right amount of time and care, can be more tender and flavorful than any cut of beef.
Viscount will give cooking demonstrations at the Taste of Newark as well as judge the Taste of Newark’s “Battle of the Chefs”, which pits six well-known Newark chefs against each other challenging them to develop tasty masterpieces from a secret list of ingredients.
The 9th Annual Taste of Newark is Sunday, September 30, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on the picturesque Old College Lawn, UD Main Campus (rain location is at University of Delaware’s Clayton Hall). Tickets are $45 each before the event and $60 at the door.
Tickets may be purchased by visiting tasteofnewarkevent2012.eventbrite.com, through the City of Newark Planning and Development Office located at 220 Elkton Road in Newark or by calling (302) 366-7030.