This past Sunday, April 28th, Salvatore’s Restaurant in Boston’s Seaport hosted “The Right Stuff,” a cook-off competition between two culinary students from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Boston, MA highlighting the culinary talent of tomorrow.
Myself and my opponent, Jesus Olmedo, each prepared a 3-course meal that worked within the conceptual framework of Salvatore’s Restaurants, yet at the same time, pushed the culinary boundaries and expressed our own individual creativity. Deciding the winner that evening was the interactive audience and a panel of celebrity judges including:
Kerry Byrne, Food Writer, Boston Herald; Cheryl Fenton, Freelance Food + Lifestyle Writer; Rachel Leah Blumenthal, Contributing Writer, Eater Boston; Rachel Cossar, Boston City Editor for The Daily Meal; Jenny Johnson, Co-Host of NECN’s “TV Diner,”; Leah Mennies, Food Editor of Boston magazine; and Peter Ackerman, Executive Vice President of Salvatore’s Restaurants and Sal’s Pizza.
Here is the all vegan menu I served that took home first place!
1st Course: Blood Orange + Fennel Salad + Microgreens + San Pellegrino Blood Orange Reduction + Orange Pine nut Brittle
2nd Course: Crispy Baby Artichoke + Farro Risotto Fresh Minted Spring Pea Sugo Verde
3rd Course: Lemon Thyme Mock Duck Confit + Porcini Mushroom Ragu+ Creamy Chived Polenta + Roasted Spring Vegetables + Vegan Bagna Cauda
Thank you to all the judges and audeince for your feedback, encouragement, and enthusiasm – it was a thrill to meet you all!