[PHOTOS] On Monday, January 27th, Zehnder’s Restaurant once again played host to the 29th Annual Hot Food Competition. This year’s theme was Pirates in Paradise – “A Culinary Salute to Caribbean Cuisine”. Professional chefs competed with original recipes based on a Caribbean 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 Cuban Pig wrapped in Banana Leaves, Jamaican Oxtail Stew 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 Steel Drum Duo from Jamaica and Todd Payne – Throttle Up DJ Service. Zehnder’s was well represented in the competition taking a silver place award in Poultry, and a bronze award in Poultry.
And the top talent of the ACF Hot Food Competition “Pirates in Paradise – A Culinary Salute to Caribbean Cuisine” are…
Gold – Chef Jacob Austin from the Saginaw Country Club with “Blackened Shrimp with Crispy Pork Belly”
Silver – Chefs Lance Buchinger, CSC and Jeremy Brookens from Zehnder’s Restaurant with “Chalupa Cabra”
Bronze – Chefs Tyler Stark and Rob Border, private chefs with “Island Mojo Shrimp & Rice”
Gold – Chefs Martina LaNone and Zenos Dupuis from MCC Coffee Beanery with “Eye Gouging Marcy Cutler Spareribs/Pineapple Mango BBQ”
Silver – Chefs Denise Fahenbruch and Deverion Williams from WellBridge, Grand Blanc with “Saucy Jack Spareribs”
Bronze – Chef Randy Page from Redwood Steakhouse, Flint with “Pernil Al Horno with Mofongo & Fry Bodi”
Gold – Chef Maria Austin from the Golden Glow Ballroom with “Pirate’s Jeweled Chicken”
Silver – Chefs Odie Furye and Ashley Bellman from Zehnder’s Restaurant with “Calypso Jerk Chicken & Rice”
Bronze – Chefs Brandon Reeves from Zehnder’s Bakery with “Caribbean Chicken Confit with Rum Coffee Sauce”
Gold – Chef Maria Austin from the Golden Glow Ballroom with “Tropical Tiramisu”
Silver – Jacob Austin from the Saginaw Country Club with “Caribbean Pearl”
Best of Show:
Gold – Chef Jacob Austin from the Saginaw Country Club
Silver – Chef Maria Austin from the Golden Glow Ballroom
Gold – Mike Fisette and Bonnie Bradley from Z Chef’s Cafe with “Island Voodoo Gumbo”
Silver – Lance Buchinger from Zehnder’s Restaurant with “Chalupa Cabra”
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 30th Anniversary Zehnder’s Snowfest – January 27 through February 1, 2021.
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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