Live Sandwich Competition Showdown at Culinary Institute LeNôtre
Culinary Institute LeNôtre hosted the 2nd Annual Puratos Sandwich Competition
Future chefs develop creative recipes using innovative Puratos breads
Houston – On June 14th, the Culinary Institute LeNotre (CIL) hosted the 2nd Annual Puratos Sandwich Competition. The eight finalists, announced earlier this month, competed in a cook-off with recipes using breads provided by Puratos and judged on taste, ease of preparation, innovation, creativity and presentation.
CIL worked in partnership with Puratos USA to select the competing finalists from a pool of over 40 recipe submissions by CIL’s current students and alumni. Prizes were provided by Puratos, who donated $2250 in scholarship money to be awarded to the winners.
Selected creations featured surprising ingredients such as coffee, mango, beer and a variety of homemade sauces. A panel of 4 industry professionals, including Puratos executives and 2010 CIL alumnus and author of the bestseller, “You will never be Hungry again”, Rodolfo Fernandes, tasted and evaluated each of the finalist’s recipes.
This year, CIL also brought the energy of the Live-competition up a notch with emcee Chef Michael Gabriel, 2011 CIL alumnus and winner of Food Network’s Camp Cutthroat, season 12.
Luis Marenco earned first place and a $1000 scholarship prize for his well-executed Loaded Breakfast Sandwich which featured bacon, sausage, cheddar and chimichurri sauce on a multigrain baguette bagel. Second prize went to Marie-Christine Dieppe for her Mandalay Medley sandwich—a salmon burger and a mango julienne on an asiago chives roll. Third prize went to Tiara Guard for a Waldorf Chicken Salad Sandwich with a green tea golden raisin roll, a quick, easy, and light sandwich especially made for summer outings and picnics. Puratos also chose to recognize the finalists’ innovation, awarding a creativity prize to Richard Whitman for his Meatloaf Sandwich Bourguignon using an onion dill roll.
“It really stimulates our creativity and challenges our skills on the spot- Says first time contestant Jacobi Adair. “Plus, it’s an opportunity to get our names out there and network with some big brands” added Luis Marenco.
Emcee Chef Michael Gabriel added that he believes the “The competition experience is vital,” speaking highly of its ability to provide “just the right amount of push” for future-chefs. He also stated that “Whether you lose or win, it’s going to provide growth. Friendly competition is the best competition.”
Contestants who didn’t make it this time will be able to resubmit recipes around new bread concepts in 2018.
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Luis Marenco, The Loaded Breakfast Sandwich
Marie-Christine Dieppe, The Mandalay Medley
Tiara Guard, The Waldorf Chicken Salad Sandwich
Richard Whitman, The Meatloaf Sandwich