2016 Culinary Challenge Winner

1st Place: Gold Medal

Midwest Region: Charu Chandra Pant


Title: Executive Chef

School:  University of Notre Dame

Name of Recipe:  "Seared Lamb with Red Rice Pilaf, Tourneed Turnips with Sweet Tomato Sauce, Cucumber Mint Raita, and Rich Tomoato Shorba"

2016 Culinary Challenge Competitors

2nd Place: Silver Medal

Southern Region: Jonathan Elwell



Title:  Campus Executive Chef

School:  Georgia Institute of Technology

Name of Recipe:  "Duck Breast with Citrus Scallion Sauce, Red Rice Cake, Sauteed Kale, and Edamame Puree"


3rd Place: Silver Medal

Mid-Atlantic Region: Robert Higgins


Title:  Chef Manager l

School:  Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Name of Recipe:  "Crispy Seared Salmon over Red Rice and Wild Mushroom Cake with Black Kale and Chinese Sausage in a Miso-Infused Edamame Puree"


Northeast Region: Joshua Fontaine: Silver


Title:  First Cook

School:  Yale University

Name of Recipe:  "Red Rice Gnudi in Tomato Saffron Water with Atlantic Seafood and Sicilian Panelle" 

Pacific Region: Kue Her: Silver


Title:  Chef de Cuisine

School:  University of California, San Diego

Name of Recipe:  "Arancini of Sienna Sprouted Red Rice, Black Kale, and Chevre accompanied by seared lamb, black kale apple slaw, edamame puree, and tomato zabaglione"

Continental Region: Juan Garcia: Bronze 


Title: Sous Food Court

School:  University of Utah

Name of Recipe:  "Crispy Skin Chicken with Edamame &Turnip Puree,Red Rice Pilaf "