There was a steady breeze coming off the water at the new Pier 3 location today for the New Bedford Seafood Chowderfest...and with that seabreeze came some winds of change and some rather surprising winners from the judges panel. The chefs at some local nursing homes will be asking for raises tomorrow morning. After blindly tasting all of the chowder, soups, and quohogs...the nursing homes completely dominated. Even the judges panel was stunned when they saw the results, which are listed below.

JUDGES PICKS

Best Chowder

  • First Place: Emeritus Senior Living, North Dartmouth
  • Second Place: Brandon Woods of New Bedford
  • Third Place: Pub 6 at the 6th Bristol Club

Best Kale Soup

  •  First Place: The Cedars Assisted Living, Dartmouth
  • Second Place: Emeritus Senior Living, Dartmouth
  • Third Place: Autumn Glen, Dartmouth

Best Seafood Chowder

  • First Place: Cotali Mar, New Bedford
  • Second Place: Freestone's
  • Third Place: Russell Morin Catering

Best Signature Soup

  • First Place: The Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana
  • Second Place: Tia Maria's European Café
  • Third Place: Pub 6 at the 6th Bristol Club

Best Quohogs

  • First Place: Brandon Woods of New Bedford
  • Second Place: Pa Raffa's
  • Third Place: Rose Alley Alehouse

PEOPLE'S CHOICE

Best Chowder

  • First Place:  Mike's Restaurant, Fairhaven
  • Second Place:  Brandon Woods of New Bedford
  • Third Place:  The Fish House, Fairhaven

Best Kale Soup

  • First Place:  Autumn Glen
  • Second Place:  Madeira Cafe, NewBedford
  • Third Place:  The Cedar's Assisted Living

Best Seafood Chowder

  • First Place:  Freestone's, New Bedford
  • Second Place:  Cotali Mar
  • Third Place:  Ten Cousin's Brick Oven, Westport

Best Signature Soup

  • First Place:  Olive Garden
  • Second Place:  Tia Maria's
  • Third Place:  Urban Grille

Best Quohog's

  • First Place:  Pa Raffa's, New Bedford
  • Second Place:  Brandon Woods of New Bedford
  • Third Place:  Urban Grille