contest | Zehnder's of Frankenmuth

Don’t go out to dine in a local restaurant on Monday, January 29, 2018. Why??? Two dozen of the best chefs in the mid-Michigan area will be competing here at Zehnder’s for cash and bragging rights between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The local chapter of the American Culinary Federation (the professional organization of cooks, chefs, bakers and pastry chefs) hosts this annual event which raises funds for the “after school dinner program” of the Saginaw East Side Soup Kitchen, providing take out dinners to over 400 inner city Saginaw kids every day.

Our hot food competition is just like something you’d see on the Food Channel. Professional chefs all dressed in their best kitchen whites standing beside theme decorated tables, presenting samples of their original recipes to an eager crowd of foodies. Plus, we always have four “Grand Buffet” tables where the food is prepared and served by local area high school culinary art students.

The theme for 2018 is SWEET HOME CHICAGO – “a culinary salute to the windy city”. Competing chefs can chose between one of three protein choices:

BEEF – top rounds of beef or beef brisket
PORK – boneless pork butts or spare ribs
GOURMET HOT DOGS with a SIDE DISH

Then it’s time for the chefs to come up with an original, exciting and delicious recipe! Best of all- you get to taste the final result!

All paid guests get the opportunity to compare their palate against those of the judges and vote for the “People’s Choice Award”. Live blues music is part of the atmosphere – presented by the Blues Mobile. Tickets are $30 and available in Zehnder’s Guest Services Office. Call (800) 863-7999, ext. 450 for more information.

January 29, 2018

American Culinary Federation Professional Chefs Hot Food Competition and Tasting – January 29, 2018

Don’t go out to dine in a local restaurant on Monday, January 29, 2018. Why??? Two dozen of the best chefs in the mid-Michigan area will be competing here at Zehnder’s for cash and bragging rights between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The local chapter of the American Culinary Federation […]
January 31, 2017

Zehnder’s Takes Home Top Honors at 25th American Culinary Federation’s Annual Hot Food Competition

[PHOTOS] Once again, Zehnder’s played host to the American Culinary Federation Professional Chefs 25th Annual Hot Food Competition. Culinary students and local chefs competed in the finale event of Zehnder’s Snowfest on January 30, 2017 within 4 categories – Beef, Poultry, Pork, Pastry and Food and Beer. This year’s event […]
September 28, 2016
Donut Party Contest - Vote Zehnder's Bakery as 2016 Bakery In Chief!

Join the Donut Party and Elect Zehnder’s Bakery for a Chance to Win an Election Day Donut Party!

Help Zehnder's Bakery celebrate National Donut Month by electing Zehnder's as the 2016 Bakery in Chief! As the winning Bakery-Elect, our guests get to celebrate with our staff on election day (Tuesday, November 8th) with an Election Day Donut Party.
September 28, 2016
Holiday Menus at Zehnder's of Frankenmuth

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By Executive Chef John Zehnder, CEC, AAC, HGT [PHOTOS] There’s no place better to be in the fall than Michigan! Autumn’s spectacular color displays combined with cooler temperatures are but a background for the rustic flavors and unique foods available for just a short time each year. I’ve always tried […]