2017 Culinary Challenge Winner

1st Place, Gold Medal: 
Northeast Region: Robert Bankert


Title: Chef de Cuisine

School: University of Massachusetts Amherst

Name of Recipe: "Pork Loin wrapped with Porcini Farce & Confit Fat Cap, Polenta, braised wild mushrooms & kale, skillet roasted fennel, apricot glaze"

2017 Culinary Challenge Competitors

2nd Place, Silver Medal
Midwest Region: Carl David Wolf


Title: Culinary Instructor

School: The Ohio State University

Name of Recipe: "Spice Rubbed Stuffed Pork Loin Pan Roast accented with chorizo Sausage"

3rd Place, Silver Medal: 
Southern Region: Travis Robert Johnson


Title: District Executive Chef

School: Tulane University

Name of Recipe: "Pan Roasted Frenched Chop with Abita infused Creole Demi, Louisiana Sweet Potato Hash, Batonette Carrots, Brûléed red wine & herbed goat cheese with Skillet Candied Pecans & Fennel" 

4th Place, Silver Medal:
Continental Region: Conor Maki


Title: Cook

School: University of Minnesota - Duluth

Name of Recipe: "The Swine & the Brine" 

5th Place, Silver Medal
Pacific Region: Mauro Daniel Rossi


Title: Program Chair

School: The Art Institute of California - Hollywood

Name of Recipe: "Braised Pork Chop with Soft Polenta, Verzini Sausage and Dandelion Greens (Rustin Nega cun Polenta, Usel Scap e Dent de Can)"

6th Place, Bronze Medal:
Mid-Atlantic Region: Michael Blackwell


Title: Executive Chef

School: Fairleigh Dickinson University

Name of Recipe: "Pan Roasted Pork Loin with Pancetta and Potato Hash with Brussels"