"He took a pedestrian dish — like a dumpling — and blew our minds," Lane says of Johnson's winning dish.
The People's Choice award, meanwhile, went to Boston Urban Hospitality's Christopher Coombs, who prepared a duck confit grilled cheese served with a tomato soup. And while that wasn't a winner for the judges, festival-goers almost couldn't get enough.
"A landslide among hundreds of Forbes Under 30 attendees who voted," Lane says. "People devoured his duck grilled cheese sandwich."
Dessert, which was not judged, came from New York's Tache Chocolate, with offerings that included french caramel kisses, coconut and watermelon chocolates, and beer and pretzel caramels.
Interestingly, there were no Philadelphia-area chefs present among competitors. Philly's own Kriss Mincey, however, did provide some live entertainment throughout the evening.