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Washington, D.C. – The winner of the $100,000 pork chop challenge (#100kporkchop challenge) will be announced at The 42nd RAMMY Awards Gala (The RAMMYS) at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on July 21, 2024.  The RAMMYS honors the exceptional ability and accomplishments of the hard-working individuals and organizations of the region’s restaurants and foodservice community.  The purpose of the #100kporkchop challenge is to identify the area’s best pork chop and award the winner with a $100,000 cash prize. Additionally, as part of the competition, pork producers will donate $100,000 worth of pork products to food banks in the Capital Beltway area on July 22, 2024. 

The #100kporkchop challenge began its voting phase (The People’s Pork Chop Awards) on June 19, and will continue until July 3, 2024. During this period, the public can visit the 28 participating restaurants and vote for their favorite pork chop in the People’s Pork Chop Awards.

The top five vote recipients will advance to the final phase of the competition, where they will compete in front of a panel of culinary professionals and pork producers from Virginia, Iowa, and North Carolina. Judging visits will take place on July 11-12, 2024. The ultimate winner will be announced at The 42nd RAMMY Awards Gala at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on July 21, 2024.

“We are thrilled to have the winner of the #100kporkchop challenge announced at TheRAMMYS! This event not only highlights the incredible talent and creativity of our local chefs and restaurateurs, but also underscores our commitment to supporting the community. The anticipation is building, and we can’t wait to celebrate the best pork chop dish in the region” said Shawn Townsend, President and CEO of Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW). 

“We are incredibly excited to see the culmination of the #100kporkchop challenge at TheRAMMYS. This challenge not only celebrates the culinary excellence of the Capital Beltway chefs but also highlights the importance of pork in our local cuisine. Through this event, we aim to showcase the versatility and quality of pork, while also giving back to the community with a significant donation to local food banks. I am thrilled to witness the incredible talent and creativity of our participants, and I look forward to crowning the winner and celebrating their exceptional pork chop creation,” said Roy Lee Lindsey, Executive Director of the Virginia Pork Council.

About Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW)

The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) is the regional trade association representing restaurants and the foodservice industry in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Established in 1920, RAMW is an advocate, resource and community for its members. The Association works to promote and sustain the growth and development of the industry while providing its members legislative and regulatory representation, marketing and small business support, programming and events. RAMW strives to serve its members with professionalism and integrity, and provide them the training, education and support they need to grow a successful business.

About The RAMMYS

Presented by Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), The RAMMY Awards Gala honors the exceptional ability and accomplishments of the hard-working individuals and organizations of the region’s restaurants and foodservice community. Named the #1 Food & Restaurant event by BIZBASH Magazine since 2009, The RAMMYS celebrate one of metropolitan Washington’s greatest assets: Its restaurants. For tickets, visit www.therammys.org


About Virginia Pork Council

The Virginia Pork Council supports the continued production and growth of the pork industry in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

About $100k Pork Chop Challenge 

The $100k Pork Chop Challenge is a contest celebrating restaurants in the Capital Beltway area that feature unique and delicious pork chop dishes. The event is hosted by the Virginia Pork Council, with support from the Iowa Pork Producers Association, North Carolina Pork Council, National Restaurant Association, and Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington. The challenge offers a $100,000 prize to the winning restaurant and a $100,000 donation of pork products to the Capital Area Food Bank.

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