Legendary Chef Jacques Pepin Heads Judging Panel
Finalists Are From Baltimore, MD; Miami, FL; Basking Ridge, NJ and Sophia, WV
SECAUCUS, NJ (April , 2011) —Legendary Chef Jacques Pepin today announced that Stuart Davis, 45, from Cherry Hill, NJ with his Chicken and Egg Donburi was crowned King of Kosher at the 5th Annual Man-O-Manischewitz Cook-off. Davis received a grand prize worth $25,000 which includes: state of the art kitchen appliances, cash, overnight stay in NYC, Crystal trophy, product and feature on www.manischewitz.com.
Davis was selected as a finalist through the “Online Voting” component that allowed consumers to have a say in the finalist selection process. Stuart is a father of three girls and one boy. Although cooking is his passion, this is the first contest he has ever entered! Stuart was a mortgage banker for 10 years and now teaches a class called “Digesting Hebrew” at Temple Beth Shalom in his hometown. Previously, he taught English in Japan and speaks the language fluently. Entries were judged on appearance, taste, ease of preparation and originality & creativity.
The five contestants competed live in NYC at The JCC In Manhattan, in front of hundreds of guests and a prestigious panel of judges including Epicurious.com, FoodNetwork.com, Weight Watchers, Kosher Cookbook author, Culinary Arts Director at The JCC In Manhattan, spearheaded by legendary Chef Jacques Pepin. Pepin is one of America’s best-known chefs, widely recognized as the host of eleven acclaimed public television cooking series and the author and publisher of twenty-six cookbooks. He is also a founder of The American Institute of Wine and Food (WIWF) and has been the Dean of Special Programs at the French Culinary Institute (New York) since 1988.
The finalists were challenged to prepare family-friendly recipes incorporating one of the Manischewitz All-Natural broth flavors including the new Vegetable Broth which joins the existing line of Beef, Chicken and Reduced-Sodium Chicken flavors. In addition, Mayor Bloomberg has proclaimed the date as “Man-O-Manischewitz” Cook-Off day!“What a thrill and honor to be named the Manischewitz Cook-Off Champion.” said Stuart Davis, Grand Prize Winner. “I have loved Manischewitz products all my life and to think they have made me a “cooking champion” is a dream come true.”
The purpose of the competition is to encourage home chefs to experiment with kosher products while preparing delicious recipes that could become a new family favorite or that can be shared from generation to generation. The five finalists were selected from over thousands of entries.
Here is Stuart Davis, award winning recipe:
Chicken and Egg Donburi
By Stuart Davis - Cherry Hill, NJ
1/4 cup creamy wasabi sauce-for dipping at end
5 tablespoons soy sauce - broth ingredient
2 1/2 tablespoons Sugar - broth ingredient
2 1/2 teaspoons mirin - broth ingredient
16 ounces boneless breast of chicken
1 cup green onions cut on diagonal4 eggs
2 1/2 cup Japanese Sticky rice1 cup Manischewitz® Reduced-Sodium Chicken Broth
Pickled daikon radish- for garnish
Heat the broth ingredients in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Into a small frying pan over low heat pour about a 1/4 cup of the heated broth. Add 4 ounces of chicken and a 1/4 cup of the green onions. Cook the chicken pieces, turning them over for about 3 minutes, then beat an egg and stir in. In the mean time, have ready one portion of steamed rice in a deep bowl. When the egg has set, in about 50 seconds, slip the mixture over one serving of rice. Repeat this process for the remaining servings. The creamy wasabi sauce is used as a dipping sauce for the chicken.
The other four finalists come from all over the nation and include kosher and non-kosher consumers. They range in age from 26-61.
• Dina Burcat, 26 - from Baltimore, MD with her Shallot Smothered Chicken is a Jewish Day School teacher in Baltimore who loves to cook, create recipes and blog about them. She also volunteers on the board of her elementary school in Harrisburg, PA.
• Jeanette Nelson, 30 - from Sophia, WV with her Golden Sweet Potato Tagine is a mother of three young girls. She volunteers at a local parochial school, but is a big fan of ethnic cuisines, having entered several other cooking contests. Jeanette was a semi-finalist in the 2nd Manischewitz Cook-Off and comes back this year to try to claim the grand prize! She is no stranger to cooking competitions; she has also won the Sarah Lee contest and was a finalist in the “Build a Better Burger” National Recipe Contest.
• Naylet LaRochelle, 40 - from Miami, FL with her Moroccan Chicken Bowl is a mother of two girls and a boy and is a full time school psychologist who enjoys cooking and entering competitions in her spare time. Although Naylet is second generation Cuban-American and is fluent in Spanish, she loves expanding her cooking repertoire by experimenting with kosher products and recipes! She won the “Build a Burger” cook-off, Cozy Shack Pudding competition and the American Pie Championships.
• Suzanne Banfield, 6 1 - from Basking Ridge, NJ with her Simple Fisherman’s Stew was diagnosed with Celiac disease and learned that she needed to start cooking gluten-free and dairy-free. After some research, she saw that kosher cooking is a great way to maintain that lifestyle. Suzanne is retired and volunteers at the Women’s Heart organization because she is a heart disease patient and enjoys helping others around the country deal with the disease. She loves experimenting with different ethnic foods and products as well as entering cooking contests.
She won the “Build a Burger” contest in 2009. She also won Junior’s Cheesecake Challenge with her winning recipe to be featured on their menu.The cook-off helped raise awareness regarding Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM), a national month of recognition of the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture, celebrated in May. JAHM acknowledges the achievements of Jewish Americans in fields ranging from sports and arts and entertainment to medicine, business, science, government, and military service. The Manischewitz Company is the proud founding sponsor of JAHM. Updates on this historic month are available on www.jahm.us and will continue through May 31, 2011.
This year Manischewitz launched over 35 new items for Passover which begins on April 18th, and has dozens of new and exciting Passover recipes. For full recipes from all finalists and for all media inquiries, please contact Elena Magg at 973.744.0707 or Elena.Magg@bhgpr.com *For full contest details, log onto www.manischewitz.com.
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