CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Global dairy leader Fonterra Foodservices (USA), Inc. has named John Karangis, Executive Chef of Union Square Events in New York City, winner of the company’s “Urban Chef” Recipe Challenge. The contest pitted Karangis against Richard Ginn, Chef de Cuisine of Davanti Enoteca in Chicago, in a cook-off held on November 12.
The exciting contest was open to chefs from New York and Chicago, with one finalist representing each city in the head-to-head cook-off. Fonterra Foodservices (USA), Inc. received nearly 200 entries, and the two finalists were chosen based on their ability to showcase at least two Fonterra products in a creative dish. Karangis served up the winning recipe, Autumn Vegetable Salad with Crispy Beluga Lentils, Fennel-Orange Purée and Blue Cheese, using ANCHOR™ Chef’s Heavy Cream, ANCHOR™ Butter and Kapiti™ Kikorangi Triple Cream Blue Cheese. Runner-up Ginn featured Mainland™ Vintage Cheddar Cheese, ANCHOR™ Chef’s Heavy Cream and ANCHOR™ Butter in his Cheddar Gnocchi al Forno.
Jeff Pfau—Fonterra Foodservices (USA), Inc. Vice President of Food Service and Retail—praised the finalists’ chefmanship and the originality of Karangis’ winning dish. “This is the first time Fonterra held a recipe contest in the United States, with the objective of providing awareness to our New Zealand products and brands. We were so pleased with the number and quality of entries from both the Chicago and New York markets.”
Guest judges for the cook-off included Barbara Revsine, Editor of Food Arts magazine, Becky Schilling, Editor of Foodservice Director magazine, Eric Fine, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Illinois Restaurant Association, Tim Meyers, Chef/Instructor at College of DuPage and Alisa Gaylon, Professor at The International Culinary Schools of The Art Institutes. The judges evaluated Karangis’ and Ginn’s dishes on originality, use of Fonterra products, feasibility, overall taste and plate appeal. At stake for the contest participants were cash prizes and a trip to New Zealand, including tickets to the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival in February 2014.
Photos from the event can be viewed on the Urban Chef Recipe Challenge Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/urbanchefchallenge. For more information on Fonterra Foodservices (USA), Inc. please visit http://fonterrafoodserviceamericas.com .
ABOUT FONTERRA FOODSERVICES (USA), INC.
Fonterra Foodservices (USA) Inc. is part of Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd, the world’s largest exporter of dairy products, supplying dairy ingredients and consumer products to over 140 countries worldwide. This farmer-owned New Zealand cooperative created a specialized foodservice division in 2005 to meet the needs of quick service restaurants, fast food outlets, cafés, hotels, bakeries, catering companies and more. Fonterra’s branded dairy product offerings include chef’s cream, butter and cheese made from the milk of hormone-free, pasture-grazed cows.