2017 Chef Finalists
Grilled Halibut fillet with white Cannellini beans,
artichoke hearts, and heirloom tomatoes in tomato broth
garnished with a Kalamata Olive Gremolata & chili oil.
Chef Rachel is the Food Service Director and Chef at Fresh
Ideas. She won the Soul Food category at our Savory
Summer Kickoff with her delicious and uniquely presented cajun Shrimp &
Grits, and is now partnered with Primrose
Hill Teen Challenge. Rachel has been in the
kitchen for 25 years and continues to delight
the palates of friends, family, and clients of
Coconut poached halibut w/ spicy herb crust and jasmine rice garnished with seasonal
vegetables in a coconut cream sauce.
Chef Reed currently
works at The University
Club under Chef Daniel Pliska to create unique
and forward thinking dishes to serve to Mizzou
Alumni and to cater local events. Reed won the
European category at our Savory Summer Kickoff
with his Grilled Pork Sofritto, white bean confit, and
beer battered corn and moved on to partner with EnCircle Technologies.
Panang curry, Thai fish cakes, and Thai steamed dumplings plated with a
progression from low heat to more intense heat.
Thip Thai Cuisine
Chef Kitt has been making
waves in Columbia since he
brought his traditional Thai cooking influence to not one
but two local restaurants having just opened Thip Thai's
South location. He won the Southeast Asian category
at Bur Oak Brewery for our Savory Summer Kickoff and is
now partnered with Granny's House.
Udon noodles with mushroom broth, fried tofu, sautéed eggplant
and spinach salad, seared daikon with pear sauce and carrot roll up.
Chef Cheyney is an integral part of
making bleu Events one of the premiere
catering services in Columbia with their creative style and
constant habit of exceeding expectations. Cheyney was our
People's Choice winner from the Savory Summer Kickoff with
his take on classic Fish & Chips. He stepped out of his comfort zone
for round two to create a totally vegetarian dish. Chef Cheyney
and bleu Events are now partnered with Columbia Center for
Pan-seared, marinated, and roasted duck breast served with coarse ground goat cheese polenta and sautéed broccolini. Finished with a blackberry hazelnut sauce topped with toasted hazelnuts.
Chef Jeremy has helped to build two
Columbia favorites. Addison's and
Sophia's have a reputation for quality ingredients and
delicious daily specials. Jeremy brought his 33 years of
experience to the Savory Summer Kickoff and won our Classic
American category with his Lobster & Brie Prime Rib sandwich and homemade
dill potato chips. Jeremy is now partnered with another established local
nonprofit, Welcome Home.
Mexican breakfast burrito with cheddar cheese, homemade chorizo and breakfast
sausage, Applewood smoked bacon, house made crunchy Home Fries, scrambled eggs, house pickled jalepeños, tomatoes and onions. Wrapped in a cheddar jalepeño tortilla, topped with green and red chili sauce, sour cream, scallions, tomatoes, cilantro and cheddar cheese.
Walnut Street Tap + Kitchen
Chef Chris used his experience serving up delicious
meals at an MU sorority house to create a menu at
a fairly new restaurant in town, Walnut Street Tap
+ Kitchen. He creates southwestern-influenced dishes
including savory burgers, tacos, and unique apps with
his 11 years time in the kitchen. Chris and Walnut Street are now partnered with
Serve It Up CoMo
P.O Box 30531
Columbia, MO 65205