First Annual Emerging Chefs Winner: Joyce Mac of Le Cordon Bleu

| May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
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First Annual Emerging Chef 2015: Winner Joyce Mac with Florian Pfahler of Hannah’s Bretzel

With Chicago still gleaming from the James Beard Foundation Award festivities, our beautiful city is keeping up with the culinary scene excitement by recognizing the next generation of talented chefs in Chicago on the First Annual Emerging Chefs with Hannah’s Bretzel.

Students from two local culinary schools, Le Cordon Bleu & Kendall College, competed to create the next uber sandwich and I am so proud to be among the esteemed group of judges along with Beverly Kim – Owner and Chef at Parachute and James Beard Award nominee for Best New Restaurant, Mark Steuer – Chef and Partner of Viva La Rev and former Executive Chef at Carriage House, Justin Large – ​Director of Culinary Operations at One Off Hospitality, Kimberly Galban – Partner ​and Vice President of Operations ​at One Off Hospitality Group, and Florian Pfahler – Owner and founder of Hannah’s Bretzel.

First Annual Emerging Chefs 2015: Contestants & Judges

L-R Judges: Florian Pfahler – Owner and founder of Hannah’s Bretzel Beverly Kim – Owner and Chef at Parachute and James Beard Award nominee for Best New Restaurant, Mark Steuer – Chef and Partner of Viva La Rev and former Executive Chef at Carriage House, Kimberly Galban – Partner ​and Vice President of Operations ​at One Off Hospitality Group, Justin Large – ​Director of Culinary Operations at One Off Hospitality, and MJ Tam of Chicagonista.com (yours truly)

The winner was a Le Cordon Bleu student, Joyce Mac, who created Keen-Wow-De-Lite. She was the second contestant to present her sandwich and it was unforgettable from then on. Her ingredients were consist of quinoa, kale, sundried tomatoes, manchego cheese, organic kettle chips, pickled onions, herb salad, jalapeños on an organic bretzel bread. Even with the popularity of Kale and Quinoa popping up everywhere, it was an unexpected to see on a sandwich and the result was spectacular.  Not only was her sandwich uniquely creative, but delicious too.

Joyce Mac will receive a $1,000 culinary scholarship and her sandwich will debut on the menu at all Hannah’Bretzel locations in the summer of 2015. I personally cannot wait to try it again.

Congratulations, Joyce Mac! Well done!

Category: Eats & Sips, Featured

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Head Chicagonista, Co-host of the Chicagonista LIVE! show, Lead blogger for TheChicagoMoms.com, and Co-Founder of Women Driving Excellence. MJ is also the annual host of SocialRevUp - Brands & Bloggers Summit (#bbsummit) attended by about 200 professional high-profile bloggers nationwide. Follow MJ on Twitter: @mjtam

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