Lazy Dog, Ruth’s Chris and Orange Hill claim top awards
In its third year, the Culinary Clash: Battle Anaheim event drew in more than 600 attendees off the show floor at the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo Aug. 17.
First time participants Lazy Dog Restaurants took home the top Purse prize for raising the most – $1,500 – for the cause. Lazy Dog also claimed the Secret Ingredient Award sponsored by ProAct, which challenged the teams to integrate purslane and pichuberry into their dishes. The team was also named the Golden Plate Champ for best presentation.
“Part of what makes the Clash such a special event is that it provides an opportunity for restaurant chefs and executives to interact directly with ProStart students,” Foundation Executive Director Alycia Harshfield said. “They’re able to build relationships, show off their skills and brands and together we create awareness for the Foundation.”
The Golden Glove award for overall taste ended in tie between Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Specialty Restaurants – Orange Hill. Ruth’s Chris also was named the Coca Cola Champ, for best use of a Coke Product in their dishes.
First time participants ESPN Zone claimed the Blendtec Champ and Ecolab Champ awards for best use of the provided Blendtec Stealth blender, and safety and sanitation practices.
BJ’s Restaurants won the first-ever Teamwork Champ award.
Other features of the event included a Rodney Strong wine tasting and a wine toss game hosted by the California Wine Institute, which raised additional funds. Red Lobster, Souplantation, Panda Express, Monin, Wahoo’s presented by Synergy Management and Karl Strauss Brewing provided additional appetizers and tastings for attendees, as well.
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