These items must be incorporated into each chef’s dish. We will randomly select the “draft” order in which competitors will choose recipe ingredients. There will be two rounds of product selection — the first to choose protein and the second to chose a farm fresh ingredient donated by State Departments of Agriculture. A pantry list of ingredients will be shared with chef contestants before the event, and once onsite there will be a designated time for each head chef to explore the pantry and select the ancillary ingredients for their dish.
A panel of culinary experts will select their favorite dish created by the competing chefs. The judges will be looking for the best dish to incorporate fresh farm to table ingredients and will judge on taste, creativity, and presentation. A People’s Choice award will also be announced based on the voting from dinner attendees. Awards will be presented to the People’s Choice winner, the Judges’ selection for Best Dish, and Best Team (NOLA vs. Gulf Coast) with an overall score. All chefs will receive participation in the Chefs Taste Challenge dinner and national recognition.