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2017 Culinary Challenge Competitors

Northeast Region: Robert Bankert

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Title: Chef de Cuisine

School: University of Massachusetts Amherst

Name of Recipe: "Pork Loin wrapped with Porcini Farce & Confit Fat Cap, Polenta, braised wild mushrooms & kale, skillet roasted fennel, apricot glaze"


Mid-Atlantic Region: Michael Blackwell

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Title: Executive Chef

School: Fairleigh Dickinson University

Name of Recipe: "Pan Roasted Pork Loin with Pancetta and Potato Hash with Brussels"


Continental Region: Conor Maki

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Title: Cook

School: University of Minnesota - Duluth

Name of Recipe: "The Swine & the Brine" 


Pacific Region: Mauro Daniel Rossi

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Title: Program Chair

School: The Art Institute of California - Hollywood

Name of Recipe: "Braised Pork Chop with Soft Polenta, Verzini Sausage and Dandelion Greens (Rustin Nega cun Polenta, Usel Scap e Dent de Can)"


Southern Region: Travis Robert Johnson

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Title: District Executive Chef

School: Tulane University

Name of Recipe: "Pan Roasted Frenched Chop with Abita infused Creole Demi, Louisiana Sweet Potato Hash, Batonette Carrots, Brûléed red wine & herbed goat cheese with Skillet Candied Pecans & Fennel" 


 Midwest Region: Carl David Wolf

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Title: Culinary Instructor

School: The Ohio State University

Name of Recipe: "Spice Rubbed Stuffed Pork Loin Pan Roast accented with chorizo Sausage"