Bethany Blues chef to compete in Milton cook-off Sept. 27

September 13, 2018

Chef Drew Boyle will join the competition in the third annual King Cole Cannery Celebrity Chef Cook-off and Basket Raffle fundraiser to benefit the Milton Historical Society, set for 5:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Milton Fire Hall.

Boyle has worked as executive chef at Bethany Blues in Lewes for the past year and a half. His goal during his tenure has been to take Bethany Blues beyond its well-known barbecue roots by offering new and exciting dining options. His efforts, supported by his dedicated team at the Lewes restaurant, have gained recognition throughout the state. Bethany Blues received five Best of Delaware Awards for 2018 from Delaware Today magazine. The awards are for Best BBQ, Best Catering, Best Nachos, Best Spot to Host a Party and Best of Delaware Downstate.

Boyle studied at Sussex Tech and then began his culinary career in the U.S. Marine Corps at Parris Island, S.C.  During his four years in the service, he advanced his skills and earned the opportunity to cook under the general’s chef, preparing small dinner parties and expanding his talent. During this time, Boyle cooked twice for President Bill Clinton. The second time was by the president’s request.

After the USMC, Boyle returned to his home town of Seaford and worked in restaurants such as Chef Fred's Chesapeake Steak House where he discovered his love for the smoking process and preparing steaks. He also worked at Adam’s Ribs and Marlin Moon, and at Baywood Greens as banquet chef under Mike Clampitt. At Off the Hook, Boyle was sous chef and later general manager before joining Bethany Blues.

For tickets to the Celebrity Chef Cook-off, contact the Milton Historical Society at or 302-684-1010.  Tickets are $35 for members if purchased by Friday, Sept. 21, and $45 for nonmembers or after Sept. 21. Attendees will enjoy live music, complimentary appetizers and desserts, chances to win fabulous prizes, and a cash bar. A highlight of the evening will be the auction of a four-digit Delaware license tag. All proceeds go to support the Milton Historical Society’s many programs and exhibits.