Chef Charlie Loomis has once again notched a top-tier food award.
He took home the first-place honor at the Southern Wing Showdown in Atlanta Aug. 20 for his Buffalo Hoff wing recipe.
The winning recipe is fried and tossed in Chattanooga-made Hoff and Pepper Sauce and served with blue cheese dressing on the side.
The wings are currently on the menu at The Feed Co. Table & Tavern at 201 W. Main St.
Loomis finished in second place at last year’s competition. With this year’s win, he earns a trip to the World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Alabama, in November.
When asked why the wings are so popular, Loomis chalked it up to persistence over time.
“Chicken is my favorite food all the way around,” he said. “We’ve messed around [with this recipe] for about 10 years. They are just perfectly executed. There’s something about it.”
The Feed Co. opened in 2015 with Loomis as the executive chef. Since then, he has competed in (and won) several local food competitions. In 2016, he appeared on Food Network’s “Cooks vs. Cons” program. Not only did he win the competition—earning $10,000—he wowed judges with his creations, including a turkey/bacon meatball hot brown and a cocoa-inspired hot chocolate chicken.
The Southern Wing Showdown is an annual event produced by Taste of Atlanta in partnership with Springer Mountain Farms. Featuring 25 of the South’s best chefs, the competition seeks to find award-winning wings.