Balducci's corporate executive chef Jason S. Miller put together a gazpacho with avocado cream and crispy serrano.
Jason Mortimer, Fry's Food Stores, worked on a artichoke-braised chicken dish for the family meals category.
Hy-Vee's store chef Stacey Wertzberger carved a pineapple for Hawaiian meatloaf cupcakes.
Chef at work
Brian Dunns, Roche Bros.' corporate product development and training chef, competed in the ethnic meals category with beef mole tacos with avocado and corn salsa.
Ethnic meal winner
Hy-Vee's Andrew Kintigh won the ethnic meal category with a recipe for Moroccan Style Chickpea and Kale Stew with Date Gremolata.
Dorothy Lane Market corporate chef and culinary director Carrie Walters put together an avocado posole.
Phil Lempert produced and emceed the showdown.
Kowalski's culinary director Rachael Perron won the grand champion award as well as the healthy meals category with Greek grain salad with dilled feta dressing.