Mori-nu Silken Tofu Declared a Winner at State Fair Soy Salad Dressing Competition
-Good Health and Great Flavor Celebrated by All-
August 18, 2015 – West Des Moines, IA – Fried food was not the only fan favorite at the 2015 Iowa State Fair. Hundreds of people stopped to sample original Mori-nu Silken Tofu-based salad dressings presented by four professional chefs as part of The Soyfoods Council and Iowa Restaurant Association’s 3nd Annual Soy Salad Dressing Competition. The Professional Chef’s Competition took place Monday, August 17 at the Agriculture Building. Some of the area’s top chefs were invited to showcase their artistry in this delicious and healthy competition.
Top Chefs Wow the Crowd
The competitors included:
- Sous Chef Jared Harlan of Table 128 Bistor + Bar, Clive
- Chef Pam Oldes of On The Green, Oskaloosa
- Chef Alex Strauss of Hy-Vee Market Café, West Des Moines
- Chef Scott Stroud of Jethro’s BBQ, West Des Moines
Pam Oldes, Scott Stroud, Alex Strauss, and Jared Harlan
The Chefs were challenged to make salad dressing recipes which were consumer friendly, used Mori-nu Soft Silken Tofu as the base of the dressing, and were delicious enough to put on their own menu. Each chef demonstrated the process of making the dressing, and then served four judges as well as a crowd of fair-goers.
Contest judges included Tom and Susanne Oswald of the Iowa Soybean Association, Angela Ten Clay of Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Blue Zones, and certified culinary instructor Robert Anderson of the Iowa Culinary Institute.
Chef Scott Stroud won first place with a bold Smoked Tomato and Tofu Vinaigrette dressing over a Farmer’s Market salad. He received a $250 prize. Chef Strauss received second place for his Silken Green Goddess dressing and Chef Oldes received third place with her refreshing Creamy Apple Vinaigrette dressing. Chef Harlan was Honorable Mention with an Asian-inspired Almond and Sesame Vinaigrette. All participants received cash prizes.
The Iowa Restaurant Association is an advocacy organization supporting Iowa’s industry with educational and promotional programs across the state.
The Soyfoods Council
The Soyfoods Council is an affiliate of the Iowa Soybean Association. The mission of The Soyfoods Council is to serve as a catalyst, leader and facilitator to mainstream soy-based foods into the global marketplace—America and beyond.