Chefs Miguel Morales and Marisa Ricardo of Food Circus Foodtown supermarkets were named champions in a competition between supermarket chefs at the New Jersey Food Council’s annual Trade Relations meeting last week in Atlantic City, N.J.
The Foodtown chefs bested rivals from Village Super Markets’ ShopRite of Greater Morristown, Wegmans Food Markets and Kings Super Markets. The winning chefs served Pan-Seared Sea Scallops with Mole Sauce and, for dessert, Plantains and Apple Walnut Crepes.
“This was definitely one of the highlights of this year’s Trade Relations Conference,” said Linda Doherty, NJFC president. “The chefs did an amazing job and their creations were both beautiful and delicious. We expect this filling and exciting competition to become an annual tradition.”
Each entrée and dessert was scored in three categories — plating, taste, and creativity. Judging the competition were members of the NJFC’s 2016 Leadership Development Class, and Alfredo Varela, executive banquet chef at Harrah’s Resort, where the competition took place in the Viking Kitchen.
Also competing were chef Daniel Arturo and sous chef Rocco Tesorito of ShopRite of Greater Morrisotown; chef Denny Siswanto and sous chef Preston France of Wegmans; and chefs Anthony DeBerto, Jr. and Kimberly Sullivan of Kings Food Market.
Also at the event, Debbie Pregiato, customer team leader for Advantage Solutions, was honored with the NJFC’s Max Stone Trade Relations Award. Pregiato is the first woman to receive this recognition, named in honor of the longtime trade relations leader for Best Foods.
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