Chef’s Choice Award-Winning Recipes

FoodService Director’s Chef’s Choice Award, which recognizes menu innovation in noncommercial operations, was announced at the publication’s annual MenuDirections conference. The winners were selected by the magazine’s Chefs’ Council, a panel of 50 culinary experts representing every noncommercial segment. The top award went to the Falafel Waffle from Marist College. That recipe, along with the three runners-up, all incorporate on-trend ideas, ingredients and flavors. 

falafel waffle

Falafel Waffle

Marist Dining Services
Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

The culinary team at Marist College combined two hot trends—falafel and waffles—into the winning recipe. The falafel batter, which combines chickpeas with olive oil, egg and seasonings, is cooked on a waffle iron instead of a deep fryer. The crispy waffle is then topped with traditional falafel add-ons: tahini sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers and onions.

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