LIVINGSTON, N.J., May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Chef Jesse Kraft of St. Barnabas Medical Center was named one of five finalists in Sodexo's Recipes for a Better Tomorrow Culinary Competition, where chefs were tasked with creating appealing dishes that have a low environmental impact, supporting Sodexo's goals for the environment, community, health and wellness. Chef Kraft's recipe for pan seared cod filet with beet vinaigrette and pumpkin quinoa risotto secured his opportunity to advance to the finals, where he will compete against four other finalists at the James Beard House in New York on May 18.
"We are pleased to see our chefs showcase their culinary talent by creating great tasting dishes that also help sustain the planet," said Arlin Wasserman, vice president of sustainability and CSR, Sodexo. "Making sustainable food choices delicious and appealing is critical to fostering the behavioral change we need to create a better tomorrow. This is true in every setting where we operate from health care to education to corporate campuses."
Chef Kraft was one of more than 150 chefs and twelve semi-finalists who participated in Sodexo's Recipes for a Better Tomorrow Culinary Competition. Semi-finalists created short videos to showcase their recipes, which were posted to Sodexo's CSR Channel on YouTube where visitors voted for their favorites. The site garnered more than 11,300 views over two weeks. Five chefs were selected by popular vote and will participate in a live cook-off at the James Beard House.
To qualify for the competition, each chef's recipe had to showcase a commitment to sustainability and Sodexo's Better Tomorrow Plan. Ingredients had to comply with at least two of the following:
- Fair and responsibly traded
- Sustainably-sourced seafood
- Locally sourced products
- Sustainably grown produce
- Sustainably raised animal products
- Traceable to identify source of production
Recipes also had to meet at least two of the following additional criteria:
- Low in sugar, salt, fat
- Ability to promote the consumption of fruits and vegetables
- Ability to satisfy vegan or vegetarian diets
Chef Kraft will pit his pan seared cod entree against four other finalists whose dishes include:
Ginger Salmon with Citrus Coriander Maple Glaze, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Sauteed Fiddleheads
Cider Glazed Pork Loin with White Sweet Potato and Carrot Swirl Puree
All Natural Vermont Roast Turkey with Organic Quinoa Pilaf and Citrus
Chocolate Espresso Braised Pork over Jasmine Rice with Grilled Sweet Corn & Avocado Salad
The winning recipe in Sodexo's Recipes for a Better Tomorrow Culinary Competition will be promoted to and served at Sodexo client sites in school, campus, health care, senior living, corporate and government dining facilities across North America.
For more information about Sodexo's Better Tomorrow Plan, visit www.sodexoUSA.com and click the link for Corporate Citizenship.
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