Lobster Chef of the Year Finalist: Ryan Campbell - Lobster Menage et Trois

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Lobster Menage et Trois


Lobster Ménage et Trois

Lobster 3 Ways


Maine Lobster Cake served with Mango Chutney


Lobster Spring Roll, with Roasted Sweet Onions, Napa Cabbage, Avocado Cream


Roasted Lobster Claw, Wild Mushroom Ragout, and Crispy Sweet Corn Fritter, Apple Smoked Bacon


(1 Portion/Dinner Entree, prepare in 60 minutes total, cook time 15-20 minutes, total meal in 1 hour, 30 minutes)

Lobster that was used in creating this dish was a 1.5# soft shell Lobster which all except the claws was boiled in sea salted water, while the claws were roasted right before serving.

Main Components
Ingredients Amount
Maine Lobster Cake 1 ea 3 oz

Mango chutney 2 oz

Lobster Spring roll 1 ea

Avocado Cream 2 T

Lobster claw 1 ea

Crispy Corn Fritter 1 oz

Wild Mushroom ragout 3 oz

Maine Lobster Cake
Ingredients Amount

Lobster meat, Diced 2oz

Red Onion, Small Dice 2 tsp

Baby Sweet Peppers, orange and yellow small dice 2 tsp

Garlic, minced 1 tsp

Scallions 1 tsp

Mayonnaise 1 ½ T

Panko Crumbs 2 T

Salt and Pepper to taste

Oil 2 tsp

Butter 1 tsp

Mango Chutney
Ingredients Amount
Mango, small dice 3 T

Vegetable oil 1 T

Butter 2 tsp

Ginger, minced 1 tsp

Garlic, minced 1 tsp

Sugar 2 tsp

Water 4 T


Lobster Spring Roll
Ingredients Amount
Lobster, chopped 2 oz

Olive oil 1 T

Butter 2 tsp

Red onion small dice 2 tsp          

Carrot small dice 2 T

Napa Cabbage 2 T

Garlic, minced 1 tsp

Egg Roll Wrapper 1 ea

Basil 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Parsley 1 tsp

Vidalia onion, roasted 2 t

Soy sauce 1 T

Sugar 2 tsp

Avocado Cream
Ingredients Amount
Avocado, small dice 2 T

Sour cream 1 T

Lemon juice 1 tsp

Salt and pepper to taste

Roasted Lobster Claw

 Ingredients Amount

Lobster Claw 1 ea


Apple Smoked Bacon

Ingredients Amount

Bacon 1 ea


Crispy Corn Fritter
Ingredients Amount
Corn Kernels 2 T

Garlic, minced 1 tsp

Butter 2 tsp

Flour 3 T

Sugar 1 ½ T         

Salt 1 tsp

Egg 1 oz


Mushroom Ragout
Ingredients Amount
Red onion 1 tsp

Garlic 1 tsp

Baby Bella, Oyster, and Shiitake Mushrooms 3oz

Butter 2 tsp

Olive Oil 1 tsp

Parsley 1 tsp

Thyme 1 tsp


Maine Lobster Cake (Prep Time: 35 mins.)

  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine Lobster, red onion, baby sweet peppers, garlic and scallions. Next add Mayo and mix.
  2. Combine with Panko bread crumbs, and make sure that mixture is fully mixed. Taste and add Salt and Pepper, if needed.
  3. Chill for about 15- 20 minutes in refrigerator
  4. Pull Lobster Cake mix out and form a patty in your hand.
  5. Heat up sauté pan and get almost smoking add oil, and butter.
  6. Place lobster cake in pan and sear for about 1 ½ minutes on each side. Pull out and reserve to the side till, plate presentation.
  7. Make sure oven is preheated to 370 degrees for plating.


Mango Chutney (Prep Time: 15 mins.)

  1. Heat up sauté pan and add oil, butter, mango, garlic and ginger.
  2. Cook down for about a minute
  3. Add water and sugar and cook down till the mango has broken down to be tender.
  4. Before serving throw in fresh chopped parsley.


Lobster Spring Roll (Prep Time: 15 mins.)

  1. Sauté carrots, red onion, cabbage and garlic, till tender.
  2. Add Soy sauce and sugar, cook for about 30 seconds, then pull off heat and add chopped Basil and Lobster. Keep to the side.
  3. Prep egg roll wrapper. Line up on cutting board, placing lobster mixture in middle of wrapper. Place roasted onion slices on mixture.
  4. Begin to moisten the edges of the wrapper. Fold in the sides about ¼ inch, and then begin rolling, making sure that the end of the wrapper is still moist to seal the wrapper.
  5. Heat up sauté pan with vegetable oil about 1/8 inch high for a shallow pan fry. Proceed to brown the roll. Pull out when golden brown and place on paper towels to get rid of any excess grease. When almost ready to serve with the rest of the plate make sure oven is 370 degrees to heat up for five minutes before plating


Avocado Cream (Prep Time: 8 mins.)

  1. Combine avocado, sour cream, lemon juice and mix till smooth and creamy.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and chill till service.


Roasted Lobster Claw, Crispy Corn Fritter, and Wild Mushroom Ragout, Apple Smoked Bacon (Prep Time: 30 mins.).

  1. Preheat Oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Add Bacon for 15 minutes.
  3. Pull out and reserve.

Crispy Corn Fritter

  1. Heat up sauté pan; add butter, corn, and garlic, cook till you begin caramelizing the corn. Then put to side and reserve.
  2. Combine, flour, sugar, salt, egg,and butter. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Mix batter with corn.
  4. Heat up sauté pan and when hot, add mixture and pan, and form crispy corn fritter, to traditional pancake shape. 
  5. Flip when golden brown. Serve immediately or reheat in oven at 370 degrees for 2 minutes.


. Wild Mushroom Ragout

  1. Clean Oyster, Shiitake, and Baby Bella mushrooms, making sure that there is no dirt on them.
  2. Sauté in a heated pan with oil and butter, leaving the mushrooms be for a few minutes to brown.
  3. Add thyme, and deglaze with a little bit of water to pull up the natural fond from the pan. Creating the ragout. Pull aside, and before serving add butter



Production (Time: 8 mins.)
Make sure oven is heated to 370 degrees.

  1. When heated, place lobster cake, spring roll, and the Lobster claw in oven for 6 minutes.
  2. Next begin to heat up chutney and mushroom ragout, separately. Adding a tsp of butter in ragout, to create creamy rich flavor.
  3. On a rectangle plate, place the mango chutney on the far left of the plate.
  4. Proceed to place the mushroom ragout on the far right of the plate.
  5. Using two spoons make a cannel with avocado cream and place directly in the center of the plate.
  6. With about two minutes left for the lobster cake and spring roll, place the piece of bacon and corn fritter on sizzle plate, to bring item up to cooking temp of about 140 degrees.
  7. Now when items in oven are done, make sure that all are reading 140 degrees internally.
  8. Place cake on Mango chutney. Cut spring roll on the bias for angle cut, and put one side lying down on plate with one cross on top.
  9. On top of ragout place crispy corn fritter, next place bacon on top of fritter, then followed by the Lobster Claw.
  10. Garnish with a scallion slice on Lobster claw.
  11. Serve.



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