|Hop Chef contestants with the Ommegang head brewer; Photo by Mat Falco|
The show - both on Tuesday night and from now ‘til then online - features George Sabatino (Stateside), Nicholas Elmi (Rittenhouse Tavern), Joe Cicala (Le Virtù), Scott Schroeder (South Philadelphia Tap Room, American Sardine Bar), Jason Cichonski (Ela) and Jon Cichon (Lacroix). Each is tasked with preparing two dishes that showcase a beer from Ommegang, either by using it as an ingredient, matching its flavor profile, telling the same story as the brew, or simply by pairing with it perfectly. From tasting dishes at their respective restaurants, we know these guys can cook, and now, thanks to the hashtag #hopchef, we know they’re also comedians. It all points to an extremely memorable cook-off next week ($55; 7 PM, July 10; 215-222-1400).