Rex Healthcare wins first place in AHF culinary competition

Competition held during annual conference in Miami.

June 27—Chefs from Rex Healthcare in Raleigh, N.C., placed first in The Association for Healthcare Foodservice’s (AHF) third annual Culinary Competition, which was held during the association's annual conference last week in Miami.

Each of the five competing teams was challenged to create an innovative entrée using ProPortion Chicken from Culinary Competition sponsor Tyson Food Service. The teams and dishes were judged on organization, time management, culinary skills, originality, taste and plate presentation. The team from Rex Healthcare, which consisted of Tyran Lawson, retail services coordinator, and Executive Chef Ryan Conklin, won with its dish, chicken “Ropa Vieja” with heirloom black barley mango jicama salad and plantain mojo sauce. The rest of the winners were:

Second Place
Cuban-inspired spring roll with tropical mojito dipping sauce and jicama slaw from Nelson Sangurima, patient services manager, and Executive Chef John Graziano, The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, N.J.

Third Place
Cubano Chicken accented with “Seafoam” and “Sand” from Joanne McMillian, food and nutrition director, and Executive Chef Aatul Jain, Saint Clare’s Health System, Denville, N.J.

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