Live Sandwich Competition Showdown at Culinary Institute Lenotre
On October 2nd, the Culinary Institute Lenotre (CIL) hosted the 3rd Annual Puratos Sandwich Competition. The eleven finalists battled it out with their own recipes using nine different breads provided by Puratos.
CIL worked in partnership with Puratos USA to select the competing finalists from a pool of over 30 recipe entries by CIL’s current students and alumni. Prizes were provided by Puratos, who donated $2250 in scholarship money and added this year a week training at their headquarters!
The sandwiches were judged on taste, ease of preparation, innovation, creativity and presentation. Earning first place with a $1000 scholarship and a week training at PURATOS headquarters, Andrew Hernandez won with his recipe Wagyu Pastrami Rueben. His recipe featured a deliciously pickled Wagyu brisket. In second place was Tiffaney Shine with her Jalapeno Popper Chicken Hangover! A decompressed Jalapeno Popper in PURATOS potato sourdough roll was one to taste. Winning third was last years winner, Luis Marenco with his recipe Chorizo Pulled Pork with Elote Slaw. In addition, the judges felt it was necessary to include a 4th place as there was a stand out sandwich by student Pedro Ott with his recipe Flat Bread Feta Caprese Jardinier.
Contestants who didn’t make it this time will be able to resubmit recipes around new bread concepts in 2019.