November 18, 2014
Lighting Can Strike Twice!
from Chef Brian Dragos
On November 8th, the 2nd annual Minor’s ACF Colorado Chefs and Cooks Association contest was held at the Cook Street School of Culinary Arts. The Cook Street School has a lot of charm, including a unique stadium-like kitchen. I had a great time networking with all of the chefs while I facilitated the event.
There was a wide range of culinary styles and flavors entered into the contest—comfort food, Cajun, Latin, Rocky Mountain, Southwest— even Moroccan! And you guessed it, flavor won two years in a row!
Congratulations to all of the competitors and the top three finishers who truly took flavor to the next level.
Gregory Sever, CEC, of MorningStar Littleton won the grand prize of $1,000 for preparing a menu of classic comfort food—onion soup and pork pot roast using Minor’s Beef and Pork Bases to intensify the flavors and add richness, followed by a delicious chocolate chip brioche bread pudding using Nestle® Toll House® Morsels and Minor’s Culinary Cream to help bind and stabilize.
Brandon Durio of Cherry Creek Schools took home 2nd place and $500 for preparing a Cajun menu. He kicked up the flavor in his seafood gumbo, boudin and cassoulet with Minor’s Chicken, Clam and Beef Bases. On the side he served greens and poblano hush puppies using Minor’s Fire Roasted Poblano Flavor Concentrate and Minor’s Dry Roux as a low-fat thickener. The Fire Roasted Poblano Flavor Concentrate added a different dimension to the hush puppies that created instant craveability.
David Oliveri of Colorado University Boulder finished third and won the $300 prize for preparing a seasonal, Latin-inspired seared tuna rubbed with Minor’s Red Chile Adobo Flavor Concentrate and topped with Minor’s Hollandaise Sauce and Cilantro Lime Flavor Concentrate. He plated the fish on a warm fall salad prepared with a combination of Minor’s Bacon Base and Roasted Mirepoix Base.
There was quite a bit of discussion, but in the end the judges rendered their decision and flavor won big in Colorado again!