Top culinary professionals from the healthcare industry will compete in the Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) 2014 Culinary Competition held in conjunction with its annual conference in Orlando, Fla. at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel on June 4th. Five competing teams will demonstrate their exceptional culinary talent and creativity, representative of the healthcare industry.
For the first time, the planning committee is throwing in a twist — finalists will be given a family of mystery ingredients, one of which must be added to their dish during the competition. This twist will account for five points during the judging.The following teams will be competing:
- Lemon Grass Poached Mahi Over a Black Bean Quinoa Cake, Jicama Grapefruit Avocado Salad, Refried Bean Crisp and a Salsa Verde
Steven Bressler, Retail Services Manager
John Graziano, CDM, CFPP, Executive Chef
The Valley Hospital
- Ranch Dusted Pork Loin with Black Bean Mole, Zucchini Corn Cake & Refried Bean Mille Feuille, Pickled Onion & Sweet Corn Puree
Timothy Gee, CEC, Executive Chef
Nicolas Mercogliano, CCC, Sous Chef
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
New Brunswick, NJ
- Gluten Free "Rice and Bean" Raviolo with Shrimp and Cilantro Pesto Cream
Jessica Marchand, RD, LDN, Director of Food & Nutrition Services
Jennifer Leamons, Chef
WakeMed Health & Hospitals
- Santiago Bean Dusted Aged Filet served with a Crispy Sweet Potato & Cuban Bean Stuffed Pepper featuring a Pablano Pepper and Tomatillo Sauce
Robyn Butsko, Chef Manager
Bryan Boatman, Banquet Chef
Florida Hospital - Orlando
- Bodacious Beans and Bass
Joanne McMillian, RD, Director
Aatul Jain, Retail Operations Manager and Chef
Saint Clare's Health System
"Our Culinary Competition shows the creativity, inspiration and innovation that is happening in self-operated healthcare foodservice," says AHF Executive Vice President Billye Potts. "Our chefs deliver everything you would expect from a fine dining restaurant: fresh, flavorful dishes that are both savory and nutritious."
The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) is the national professional association dedicated to advancing self-operated healthcare foodservice as industry best practice. AHF develops healthcare foodservice professionals, assuring food and nutrition services are valued as an essential contributor to the healthcare organization's mission. For more information, please visit: www.healthcarefoodservice.org.
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