Wednesday, May 26, 2010

ICE student wins 4th annual Chefs of Grey Poupon student competition

Sonali Ruder, a student at The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), won the 2010 Chefs of Grey Poupon Student Culinary Competition, which was held May 6 at Viking Cooking School and Culinary Shop in Glenview, Ill.

Ruder took home the grand prize and a $20,000 culinary scholarship from Kraft Foodservice with her original recipe for pan-roasted lamb loin with celery root, apple and dijon purée, mustard greens, Grey Poupon glazed carrots, pomegranate jus and truffle mustard mushroom crisp and her Mystery Basket Challenge dish of a crab cake sandwich with black garlic aïoli and avocado radish salsa.

Dave Wilcox of Kraft Foodservice with Chefs of Grey Poupon student winner Sonali Ruder

Joshua Ogrodowski from Johnson & Wales University received a $5,000 scholarship and second place with his recipe for honey Dijon pistachio-encrusted lamb rack with Dijon succotash, whole-grain Dijon lamb glace and fire-roasted tomatoes. Sarah Roberts from Kendall College won third place and a $3,000 scholarship with her recipe for crispy braised pork belly with Chinese black rice rolls. The Culinary Institute of America student Brooke Maynard took home fourth place and a $2,000 scholarship for her recipe of pear and Dijon glazed pork loin.

Now in its fifth year, the Chefs of Grey Poupon program was developed to honor three chefs each year who have creatively used Grey Poupon in their signature dishes. The student culinary competition was added four years ago to inspire the chefs of tomorrow. For more information, visit