[PHOTOS] On Monday, January 28th, Zehnder’s Restaurant once again played host to the 28th Annual Hot Food Competition. This year’s theme was “Happy Chinese New Year”, the year of the pig – “A Culinary Salute to Chinese Cuisine”. Professional chefs competed with original recipes based on a Chinese theme. Proceeds support the Saginaw East Side Soup Kitchen “After School Meal Program”. Visitors enjoy samples of the chefs creations as well as grand buffets featuring Whole Roasted Pig, Shrimp Spring Rolls, Szechuan Style Beef, Shitaki Mushrooms and much more presented by area culinary students from Mott Community College and the Saginaw Career Center of Culinary Arts.
The highlight of the evening was entertainment provided by The Burdons from Bay City and Todd Payne – Throttle Up DJ Service. Zehnder’s was well represented in the competition taking a first place award, a second place award and a bronze award.
And the top recipes of the ACF Hot Food Competition “Happy Chinese New Year – A Culinary Salute to Chinese Cuisine” are…
Bronze and People’s Choice – Chef Randy Page from Redwood Steakhouse and Brewery with Steamed Catfish with “Chinese Sticky Rice and Pickled Vegetables”
Silver – Chefs Tyler Stark and Rob Border, Personal Chefs with “Shu Chao Shrimp”
Gold – Chef Maria Austin from the Golden Glow Ballroom with “Tiger Kung Pao Lo Mein”
Bronze – Chefs Olivia Kendziorski and Bradley Thornsberry from PROST! with “Gong Zhu Dumpling”
Silver – Chef Ruth Stout from Redwood Steakhouse Brewery with “Shong Ho Rau”
Gold – Chefs Emilie Baker and Jordan Holley from Honey B’s Eatery with “Hong Shao Rou (Chinese Red Braise Pork Belly)”
Bronze – Chefs Diamante Evans, CC and Cassandra Henderson from Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth with “Szechuan Chicken Roulade with Asian Sticky Rice and Tempura Fried Green Beans”
Silver – Chefs Odie Furye and Sidney Hopkins from Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth with “Cantonese Chicken Spring Rolls”
Gold – Chefs Jen Reeve, CWPC and Brandon Reeve, CWPC from Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth with “Kung Pao Chicken and Egg Rolls”
Silver – Chefs Jen Reeve, CWPC and Brandon Reeve, CWPC from Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth with “Tangerine Shanghai”
Gold – Chef Kristina Boroff from Mott Community College with “Tonkotsu Ramen”
Best of Show:
Silver – Chef Jacob Austin from the Saginaw Country Club competing in the Poultry and Pastry Categories
Gold – Chef Maria Austin from the Golden Glow Ballroom competing in the Seafood and Pastry Categories
People’s Choice Award:
Chefs Tyler Stark and Rob Border, Personal Chefs with “Shu Chao Shrimp”
The annual Zehnder’s Snowfest Hot Food Competition is sponsored by: Zehnder’s Restaurant and American Culinary Federation Flint/Saginaw Valley Chapter. Be sure to mark for your calendars for next year’s Zehnder’s Snowfest – January 22 through January 27, 2020.
Did you take pictures at Snowfest? Enter the annual Snowfest Photo Impressions contest for a chance to win one of 3 great Zehnder’s prizes! SUBMIT YOUR PHOTO HERE.
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Photos courtesy of Scott Wenzel and Kelly Jammer of the Frankenmuth News