Tuesday, September 28, 2010 , Updated 6:38 p.m., October 12, 2010
UPDATED: American Airlines Center to host chef competition October 12
If you win, your dish is featured during Mavericks and Stars games.
DALLAS American Airlines Center Chef’s Challenge: Signature Offering is a competition to create a featured menu item for American Airlines Center that's open to Dallas/Fort Worth area culinary artists.
The event takes place Tuesday, October 12, from 3–5 p.m. at American Airlines Center's AT&T Plaza.
In a city known for having more restaurants per capita than any other city in the United States, Dallas-area fans at the American Airlines Center continue to hunger for culinary delights. To satisfy fans hunger, they are inviting local culinary artists to compete in the American Airlines Center Chef’s Challenge: Signature Offering. The winning Signature Offering will be featured at American Airlines Center during the upcoming Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars season.
“We are constantly looking for new and exciting signature tastes that add excellent flavor and value to the offerings at American Airlines Center,” states Martin Woodall, vice president of Mark Cuban Companies.
To enter, contestants must complete an entry form (available online and fax to 214-665-4270 or e-mail to marketing@AmericanAirlinesCenter.com. The deadline is Thursday, September 30. Twenty contestants will be selected from the entries submitted for the live culinary competition in AT&T Plaza at American Airlines Center.
For the first round of competition, contestants will prepare any item with the ingredients selected by American Airlines Center and Levy Restaurants. The judging panel will include a Dallas celebrity chef, Woodall, and Levy Restaurants Executive Chef Brian Johnson.
The top five contestants will advance to the finals where they will prepare their own Signature Offering. Finalists will receive four tickets to a Dallas Mavericks and a Dallas Stars game. The Chef’s Challenge champion will receive a luxury suite for a night to a Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars game. Additionally, the champion will make celebrity chef appearances throughout the season.
The competition is hosted by KLIF’s nationally recognized talk radio show host Jeff Bolton and is sponsored by Central Market, Ducky Bobs, and Cumulus Radio. In addition to being open to the public, the event will be attended by Dallas-Fort Worth area restaurant managers and chefs.
Watch chefs as they unpack bags of Central Market food, prepare cuisine in a short amount of time with common ingredients, and see the local celebrity chef and Brian Johnson sampling the food, all against the backdrop of the AT&T Plaza and American Airlines Center.
UPDATE: Additional judges announced on Monday include Jim Oetting, executive chef at Victory Tavern; and Bodhi Durant, executive chef at Kenichi. Contestants are: Ismael Alonzo, Dallas; Christopher Alvarez, Fort Worth; Tiffany Bell, Plano; Otto Borsich, Keller; Kellie Burton, Garland; Severina Delgado, Dallas; Hollie Dorethy, Wylie; Louisa Garrett, Mesquite; Lytte Greer, Crowley; Uno Immanivong, Irving; Cedric Jennerson, Desoto; Lauren Lee, Dallas; Lisa Martel, Dallas; Cedric McCoy, Dallas; Mark McDaniel, Irving; Robin Mitchell, Dallas; Oswaldo Samano, Forney; David Stanwick, The Colony; Paolo Stoltz, Dallas; Desmond Williams, Garland.
The release says that this list includes "housewives, a retail sales associate, two mortgage loan officers, a graphic artistk and several professional chefs." And that "several contestants have competed in nationally televised competitions," and that "many of the contestants have published cookbooks and blogs."
UPDATE: Lauren Lee of Dallas won with her Mama’s Meatloaf Cupcakes, which will be available beginning November 1. Lee, a pastry chef, owns LaLa’s Cupcakes which she operates out of her home in Dallas. Additionally, she currently works for Kathy’s Choice Catering, Inc.
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