They say that a little friendly competition is good for you every now and then. The TASTE staff found out this week that a little friendly competition can be pretty tasty too.
On Tuesday, April 1st, TASTE hosted the 3rd Annual Employee Recipe Contest. Each year as part of the Be-A-Star program, TASTE staff is challenged to submit an original recipe that is sustainable and creative.
The Be-A-Star program is a recognition platform designed by our parent company Bon Appetit Management to highlight and celebrate our talented employees and their contributions through recipes and community involvement.
This year’s challenge was a soup smack down. The TASTE staff was invited to submit a soup recipe that incorporated at least one seasonal ingredient. The top five participants were then asked to prepare these delicious recipes for the special judges, TASTE Restaurant Executive Chef Craig Hetherington and TASTE Events Executive Chef Paul Rosquita, who critiqued both taste and presentation of each soup.
Taylor Johnson – Restaurant Sous Chef – Carrot Cumin Soup
Ellis Faglade – Catering Cook – Roasted Cauliflower Soup
Anna Burkett – Director of Events – Pear & Gorgonzola Soup
Jasmin Kwan – Catering Server – Beetroot Curry
Alex Neuse – Restaurant Lead Cook – Chilled Pea Vine Soup
It was a tough decision for our judges, however after many exclamations of “wow… that was good… smooth… yum… I could eat a whole pot of that…,” they picked their winner.
And the winner was Taylor Johnson with his Carrot Cumin Soup!
Taylor’s winning soup will be featured on the TASTE Restaurant menu for the month of May. In addition to bragging rights, he also won an Amazon gift certificate and $50 cash.
Good job, Ellis, Anna, Jasmin and Alex! Congratulations, Taylor! We’re very proud of you all.
~ Joice B.