Culinary Competition, Perfect Pairing: Foods Judged by a Single Bite

Culinary Competition, Perfect Pairing: Foods Judged by a Single Bite

Perfect Pairing: Students, Faculty, and Alumni Compete to Create the Best Single Bite of Food

Perfect Pairing: Foods Judged by a Single Bite

Spicy Pompano Chowder with Rambutan, Pattypan Squash and Kimchi

Imagine preparing an entire meal, and then being judged on a single bite. That was the challenge for students at ECPI University’s College of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV). The latest installment of its Culinary Competition Series, “A Perfect Pairing,” pitted students, faculty, and alumni against one another.

In the first round, they were challenged to prepare a single bite based on available ingredients in a mystery basket. In a blind taste test, CIV chef instructors and notable alumni chefs selected their favorites. Those students were then paired with a chef to co-create a single dish that was evaluated by a panel of discerning judges. In the championship round, the five final teams worked from another mystery basket to create one imaginative single bite. This year’s top three winners:

  • 1st Place – Chef Austin Wadsworth, Student Alexander Medina
  • 2nd Place – Chef Dave Miller, Student Leo Jaramillo
  • 3rd Place – Chef Mark Bedzik, Student Marcia Santos

Chef Wadsworth and Alexander wowed the judges with a tantalizing combination of flavors in their Spicy Pompano Chowder with Rambutan, Pattypan Squash, and Kimchi.

Perfect Pairing: Foods Judged by a Single Bite

Contest judges: Dedra Blount, Executive Chef – Now You’re Cooking Culinary Studio; Paul Sims, Executive Chef – Steinhilber’s; Paul Holbrook, Executive Chef – Bravos; Jason Smith, Executive Chef – Black Pelican; Robert Patton, Executive Chef – Old Dominion University; Duane Dinio, Chef – Atlantic Shores Senior Living; and Colin Douglas, Chef – Fat Canary