The 8th Annual Vitamix Challenge

The 8th Annual Vitamix Challenge

 

 
Ladies and gentleman, start your blenders!
 
The Vitamix Challenge gives chefs a chance to rev up their blenders and throw down to win the Ultimate Vitamix Package for their kitchen.
 
Five selected finalists will travel to Brooklyn to compete at this one-of-a-kind blend-off on the Main Stage at StarChefs 12th Annual International Chefs Congress on Tuesday, October 24th. This year, finalists were asked to submit an original recipe that tied into the Congress theme, Cook Your Culture.
 
2017 Competitors
 
Page Pressely | Emmer and Rye | Austin
Ethan Pikas | Cellar Door Provisions | Chicago
Ty Leon | Mizuna | Denver
Vishwatej Nath | Urban Farmer | Cleveland
Joey Ward | Gunshow | Atlanta
 
2017 Judges
 
Chris Cosentino | Cockscomb | San Francisco
Jennifer Horvath | Vitamix | Cleveland
Jennifer Jasinski | Crafted Concepts | Denver
David Tamarkin | Epicurious | New York
Bob Truitt | Casa Publica | Brooklyn
 
Prizes
 
One grand prize winner will receive: a Vita Prep 3, Vitamix XL, The Quiet One from Vitamix, and an additional $500 American Express Gift Certificate.
 
One runner-up will receive: a Vita-Prep 3 and a $250 American Express Gift Certificate.
 
Judging
 
Judges will base their assessment on the visual presentation, uniqueness of equipment technique, compatibility with the StarChefs Congress theme, and the overall taste of the dish. 
 
Rules & Regulations
 
The competition is open to any working chef (restaurant, hotel, catering, banquet, etc.), both savory and pastry. Five finalists will be chosen to compete at the 12th Annual International Chefs Congress.
 
At the Congress, finalists will have one hour to prep. The finalists will then have one hour on the Main Stage to compete and present his or her dish to the judging panel. The blending portion of each recipe must take place on the Main Stage in front of the judges. Finalists will be required to bring their own ingredients.
 
Each competitor will have access to the following equipment: Vitamix blender, stand mixers, induction burners, oven, refridgerator, and basic smallwares.