9th Annual Vitamix Challenge

9th Annual Vitamix Challenge
Ladies and gentlemen, 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 his or her kitchen.
Five selected finalists will travel to Brooklyn to compete at this one-of-a-kind blend-off on the Main Stage at the StarChefs 13th Annual International Chefs Congress on Tuesday, October 23rd. 
For your chance to compete, submit an original recipe that ties into the theme of this year's Congress, Cooking with Respect. Your recipe should reflect your respect for the ingredients you work with every day. Whether it's lemon rinds, garlic skins, stale bread, meat scraps, or bruised apples from your neighbor's backyard, your dish should showcase the delicious potential that by-products hold. 
All recipe submissions must be for a fully composed dish that showcases the Vitamix blender in a creative and delicious way. The more ways to highlight the Vitamix blender, the better! 
All applications are due by Friday, August 24.
Enter to Compete
2018 Judges
Sharon Halkovics | Vitamix Commercial | Cleveland
George Mendes | Aldea | New York
Page Pressley | Emmer & Rye | Austin
Pichet Ong | Brothers & Sisters | Washington, D.C.
One grand prize winner will receive: a Vita-Prep 3, Vitamix XL, The Quiet One by Vitamix, an aerating container and a $500 American Express gift certificate. 
One runner-up will receive a Vita-Prep 3 and a $250 American Express gift certificate. 
All finalists receive a $500 travel stipend to compete at the 2018 StarChefs Congress.
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 2018 StarChefs 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.