Hundreds of hungry area residents had a chance to be critics Sunday and pick their favorite soups during the 19th annual Lowcountry Soup Challenge, a fundraiser benefiting Volunteers in Medicine, at The Mall at Shelter Cove on Hilton Head Island.
About 20 of the best chefs from across the Lowcountry created their finest soups, bisques and chowders to raise money for the clinic, which provides medication and dental services to people living or working on Hilton Head or Daufuskie islands.
This year, Moss Creek Club's Pumpkin and Black Bean Bisque earned both first place from the judges and the Peoples' Choice Award for best soup.
The judges' second place award went to the Gullah/Geechee Santa-Fe Brunswick Stew from Kenny B's French Quarter Cafe, while third place was awarded to chefs at Oceans at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa for their Roasted Winter Squash Soup.
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