Potato Commission Co-sponsors Successful Recipe Contest

Entries were prepared by high school culinary students from the Capital Area Career

Published on: Dec 11, 2013

Michigan chefs like cooking with Michigan potatoes and they recently showcased their creations during the Great Michigan Potato Recipe Contest conducted by the Michigan Potato Industry Commission and the Michigan Restaurant Association

"We had an enthusiastic response," says the commission's executive director, Mike Wenkel.   It was an impressive and difficult field to judge," he adds. "Judging criteria for each recipe included taste, appearance, clarity and marketability."

The five finalists received honors at the Michigan Restaurant Show in Novi October 16.  The top prize of $1,000 was awarded to Chef Jim Hill of Safron Café, whose innovative winner was a recipe for potato-shrimp-chorizo hash using Michigan russets.  "It was hearty, clean, flavorful and most importantly delectable," Wenkel says.

Potato Commission Co-sponsors Successful Recipe Contest
Potato Commission Co-sponsors Successful Recipe Contest

A surprising aspect of the whole project was the quality of the young talent involved, he adds.  For the judging phase, all the entries were prepared by culinary students at the Capital Area Career Center operated by the Ingham Intermediate School District near Mason.  In addition, two of the five finalists in the competition were students at St. Joseph High School.

"These young people are outstanding," Wenkel says.  "The culinary profession will benefit if they make it their career.  And if so, we hope they'll keep using Michigan potatoes."

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