Crab Soup Perfection: Riderwood Culinary Team Honored at Maryland Seafood Festival

September 11, 2012

Riderwood's Crab Soup Deemed "Best in State of Maryland"

(SILVER SPRING, MD)  -- Following the 45th Annual Maryland Seafood Festival, there is only one group of professional chefs in the DC metropolitan area that can claim the title, "King of Crab" -- Riderwood's Culinary Team.

During this year's Festival's 22nd Annual Crab Soup Cook-off at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, on September 8th, Riderwood's culinary team won multiple honors in the following categories: 

 1st Place People's Choice Best Vegetable Crab Soup


  • 1st Place People's Choice Best Alternative Crab Soup
  • 2nd Place People's Choice Best Cream of Crab Soup
  • 3rd Place Judge's Choice Best Vegetable Crab Soup


"Despite facing a tough field of over a dozen restaurants and catering companies from across Maryland, Riderwood's talented chefs worked tirelessly perfecting their recipes, resulting in the most creative and delicious crab soups, said Certified Executive Chef Victor Cirrincione. "It's an honor to be recognized as an official 'Premier Creator of Crab Soup' in Maryland."  

Attached Photo: Riderwood's winning crab soup team. Pictured, from left to right - back row: Evroy Wright, Chef, Windsor Restaurant; Magdy Mishraky, director of dining service; Willie Wanzer, chef de cuisine, Fireside Restaurant; Chad Wisner, Chef de Cuisine Windsor Restaurant; Carlos Gauna, chef de cuisine, Overlook Restaurant. Pictured from left to right - front row:  Daniel Munoz (son of Marta Munoz); Marta Munoz, chef de cuisine, Seasons Restaurant; and, Victor Cirrincione, certified executive chef.

About Riderwood:  Riderwood, which has 2,500 residents, is the nation's largest continuing care retirement community.  It sits on 120 acres that stretch across Prince George's and Montgomery Counties.  Riderwood offers extensive wellness and prevention programs, balance assessment and fall prevention programs, and Fitness and Aquatics Centers.  Also, there are more than 200 resident-inspired and resident-led clubs, committees and interest groups in these categories: art; cards; computers and technology; dance; faith-based and interfaith; fitness and sports; games; gardening; lifelong learning; music; literature, and philanthropy.