Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Fourth Annual Kosherfest Cooking Competition

Three Professional Chefs to Compete in First-Ever LIVE Culinary Competition to take place at Kosherfest!

The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts and Jack's Gourmet are pleased to announce a professional, live cooking competition to take place at Kosherfest:

Wednesday, November 9th


Room C/D

About the Competition

Three established chefs from well-known gourmet, kosher restaurants will be competing for a cash prize of $1000, and of course, bragging rights. The competition is being organized and run by CKCA, the Center for Kosher Culinary Arts (, the only kosher culinary school in the United States. CKCA works with students, chefs, restaurateurs and kosher food professionals to provide quality training and personnel for the kosher workforce.

Describing the ground rules of the live event, Jesse Blonder, director of the Center for Kosher Culinary Arts says, "Each chef will be presented with one secret ingredient and given 45 minutes to prepare three portions of one course featuring the ingredient." Three judges from the industry -- Jack Silberstein, CEO of Jack’s Gourmet, Cookbook author Gil Marks, CKCA Head Pastry Chef Philippe Kaemmerle, will taste the entries, make live comments, and take a few minutes to grade each competitor's dish based on taste, creativity, and presentation.

Competing Chefs

The three chefs participating in the CKCA/Jack’s Gourmet Kosherfest Culinary Competition are

Chef Seth Warshaw of ETC Steakhouse in Teaneck, NJ

Chef Moshe Wendel of Pardes Restaurant in Brooklyn, NY

Chef Craig Solomon of Ariel's of Englewood in Englewood, NJ

Interview Opportunities

Interviews with the organizers of the competition, competition participants/winner and judges will be scheduled by Elizabeth Kratz. Please email elizabeth.kratz(AT) for advance interview requests, or find her at Kosherfest Booth 63 during Kosherfest.

After the Center for Kosher Culinary Arts

Questions for the Center for Kosher Culinary Arts can be fielded after November 9th by Jesse Blonder, Director, CKCA. More can be learned about CKCA at
Center for Kosher Culinary Arts is located at 1407 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11230. 718-758-1339

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