August 12, 2013 – Des Moines, IA – The Soyfoods Council and Iowa Restaurant Association collaborated to bring the Iowa State Fair its healthiest competition. The Soy Salad Dressing Professional Chef Contest took place Monday, August 12 at the Agriculture Building at the Iowa State Fair. Some of the area’s top chefs were invited to test their skills in this delicious and healthy competition.
The competitors included Chef Scott Stroud of Orchestrate Hospitality, Chef Kerri Rush of Fresh Café and Market, Chef Cori Albers of Hy-Vee in Ames, Chef Cherry Madole of The Tangerine Food Company and The Soyfoods Council interns Celia Bravard and Lauren Grant of Iowa State University. Chefs were challenged to make salad dressing recipes which were consumer friendly, used Soft Silken tofu as the base of the dressing and were delicious enough to put on their own menu. Chefs were to demonstrate the process of making the dressing, then served four judges as well as a crowd of fair-goers who also had a say in judging the People’s Choice portion of the contest. Contest judges included Linda Dedecker, Iowa Restaurant Association Chairman of the Board, Bob Quinn of The Big Show on WHO Radio, Executive Chef Program Chair Hospitality Careers, Robert Anderson and Embassy Club manager and culinary director, Michael La Valle….