We hear that the judges had a tough time deciding between the efforts of five really strong chef contenders: Wilson, Matt Bolus of Watermark, Ashley Quick of Flyte, John Stephenson of Fido and Charles Phillips of 1808 Grille. The Golden Fork trophy went to Wilson by a one-point margin.
Bolus gets the hitting-the-ground-running prize: When quizzed by the Scene's restaurant critic, Carrington Fox (who emceed the event with Scene editor Jim Ridley), the brand-new Watermark chef — who comes to us from Charleston, S.C. — admitted he had been in town exactly 68 hours.
Iron Fork is always a popular event, and this year it actually sold out, with almost 1,000 enthusiastic folks thronging the ground floor of the Country Music Hall of Fame, an adjacent tent and a second-floor area where an array of independent restaurants from the Nashville Originals offered up samples.
Proceeds benefit the good work of the Martha O'Bryan Center.
That's all for now; we'll have a report from Bites' own Chris Chamberlain (who served as an Iron Fork judge) and lots more photos soon.