American Culinary Federation’s Annual Hot Food Competition & Tasting
A Hawaiian Luau Hot Food Competition Display
The final event of Zehnder’s Snowfest each year is a professional chef’s hot food competition. On Monday, January 30th, Zehnder’s Restaurant once again played host to this classic event. If you’ve ever watched Top Chef, Chopped, Iron Chef or any of a growing group of chef challenge shows on TV, you’d appreciate our event.
This year’s theme was Welcome to the Luau – “A Culinary Salute to Hawaii”. Twenty three chefs from all across Flint and the Tri-Cities plus Detroit competed with original recipes based on a Hawaiian theme. Additionally, Mott Community College Culinary Arts students and the high school culinary students from Saginaw Career Center assisted Chef Fred Hannah with the Grand Buffet tables that included traditional Hawaiian dishes.
The highlight of the evening was entertainment provided by Tinalau and his Tahiti Wahinis since no Hawaiian Luau is complete without hula dancers, fire dancers and island music.
Zehnder’s was well represented in the competition, taking three first place awards and “People’s Choice”.
Brandon Reeve and Jen Lannin in the SEAFOOD Category with Seashell Shack Ahi Tuna Tacos
Brian Hoskins and Odie Furye in the POULTRY Category with Maui Surfer Orange Chicken
Lance Buchinger and Steve Tack in the PORK Category with Kalua Pork Kamikaze Egg Rolls/Stout Wasabi Lime Mojo and Sweet Potato Macadamia Nut Risotto
Congratulations to all of the chefs! But the real winner of the evening’s activities was the Saginaw East Side Soup Kitchen’s “After School Meal Program”. Net proceeds from the event are given to the East Side Soup Kitchen to help provide almost 400 dinners each day to children who may not otherwise have access to a nutritious dinner meal.