May 22, 2017: Market Basket Competition at Gordon Food Service

On May 22, our general meeting was at the amazingly impressive Gordon Food Service Distribution Center.  The meeting included a live-cooking competition with a stunning market pantry of items provided by Gordon Food Service.  The competitors were Robbie Powell from the Art Institute, Raymon Mender from CCAC, Jared Lordon from IUP and head chef at Social, and Trisha Butler from Bidwell Training Center.  The competitors were required to include chicken, a green vegetable, a root vegetable, and a sauce as part of their dish.  The competition was extremely close, but Jared Lordon's dish stood out and made him the winner.

  • First Place winner: Jared Lordon - Seared Chicken Breast with sautéed kale, sauce soubise, purple carrot, rosemary gastrique, and fine herbs.
  • Robbie Powell - Drumstick of chicken with sauce with root vegetables and oblique cut style carrots with green beans
  • Trisha Butler - mushroom, tomato, tenderloin, and basil stuffed chicken breast with grilled asparagus and toasted fingerling potatoes
  • Raymond Mender - chicken ballotine with mushrooms and gremolata seasoned with cayanne pepper and lemon juice. Grilled asparagus with lemon garlic sauce and pan-roasted potatoes seasoned with fine herbs and garlic

After the competition and announcement of the winner, guests were given a tour of the facilities.  Thank you to our hosts, Gordon Food Service, as well as our judges Chefs Johan Meinke, Scott Burkhart, Bill Hunt, and John Selick.  Congratulations to all of the competitors.

The stunning market pantry provided by Gordon Food Service

The stunning market pantry provided by Gordon Food Service

Robbie Powell, Jared Lordon, and Trisha Butler cooking. Trisha is speaking to floor judge Johan Meinke.

Robbie Powell, Jared Lordon, and Trisha Butler cooking. Trisha is speaking to floor judge Johan Meinke.

Winner: Jared Lordon - Seared Chicken Breast with sautéed kale, sauce soubise, purple carrot, rosemary gastrique, and fine herbs.

Raymond Mender - chicken ballotine with mushrooms and gremolata seasoned with cayanne pepper and lemon juice. Grilled asparagus with lemon garlic sauce and pan-roasted potatoes seasoned with fine herbs and garlic

Robbie Powell - Drumstick of chicken with sauce with root vegetables and oblique cut style carrots with green beans

Trisha Butler's dish - mushroom, tomato, tenderloin, and basil stuffed chicken breast with grilled asparagus and toasted fingerling potatoes

Judges - Scott Burkhart, Bill Hunt, and John Selick

Judges - Scott Burkhart, Bill Hunt, and John Selick

Competitors and judges for the event - Art Inzinga, Jared Lordon (winner), Raymond Mender, Trisha Butler, Scott Burkhart, Johan Meinke, Robbie Powell, and John Selick

Competitors and judges for the event - Art Inzinga, Jared Lordon (winner), Raymond Mender, Trisha Butler, Scott Burkhart, Johan Meinke, Robbie Powell, and John Selick