Winners of my family’s recipe announced

Winners of my family's recipe announced

Reviewing the Create Cooking Challenge, which ran 8 March – April 5 was a panel of some of public television’s most recognized presenters: Kevin BeltonKevin Beltons to cook LouisianaPati JinichPati’s Mexican table), Diane KochilasMy Greek tableNick Stellinostorytellers in the kitchen), and Martin YanoYan can cook† Entrants’ online submissions include a short (two minutes or less) original video detailing their recipe’s preparation, a short story about the origin of their recipe, the full recipe, and a photo of the finished dish. Judging criteria included demonstrated culinary knowledge, presentation skills, telegenic appeal, unique ideas and production values. This year’s participants presented multi-generational recipes drawn from more than 25 different countries and cultural traditions, as well as recipes from America representing nearly 35 regions of the country. The winners’ recipes, as well as many selected entries and some shared by the judges will appear in Create’s new Heritage Recipe Collection on

Grand Prize Winner, Adam Lambay
Adam Lambay never doubted that one day he would become a chef. When Adam was about 10 years old, he even told his mother that he wanted to be “one of those guys in a white coat.” She thought he meant he wanted to be a doctor. He quickly corrected her and said, “No! I want to be a chef!” His early goal

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clearly set, Adam’s dream has never changed. His entire career has been devoted to the culinary arts, and today he is a chef at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, with a legendary record of positions at high-end restaurants everywhere. Greater St. Louis and the environment.

a resident of St. LouisAdam left his hometown only once to attend culinary school in Louisville, Kentucky† After graduating, he returned to St. Louis, the community he loves, and where he plays a lively role as a chef, cooking instructor and busy husband and father of two. Adam’s family has lived in the St. Louis community for over 50 years. His father’s brothers first emigrated from the family home in a fishing village near Mumbai, India. Adam’s father soon followed, eager to do something new and be close to his brothers. He soon met and married Adam’s mother, the granddaughter of the first generation of German immigrants. On arrival in St. Louis Between World War I and World War II, Adam’s great-grandparents opened a successful bakery in downtown St. Louis. At home, Adam’s father cooked recipes based on his Indian upbringing, while his maternal grandmother prepared family recipes based on her German heritage.

Adam says public television played a big part in his desire to become a chef. He grew up watching cooking shows and said he could never get enough. he credits Julia Child and other culinary hosts as major influences, but says the series “Yan can cook!” (the longest-running cooking show on television for over 40 years!) was a favorite. Martin Yano, one of the chefs on this year’s Create Cooking Challenge judging panel, noted that he not only felt that Adam presented a “good video around the world”, but that he also “demonstrated solid technical skills and excellent did a lot of work in presenting the recipe for his dish.” Several judges even commented on the great job Adam did in getting the viewer involved in his video. Diane Kochilas mentioned that the personal stories were “fun” and offered a “human touch”, while Nick Stellino said he was impressed with “how well” Adam taught viewers Pati Jinich repeatedly praised how well he guided the viewer through an Indian dish, “describing it in familiar terms so we all know what he’s talking about.” She was also impressed with his knowledge of all the ingredients he uses. she and Kevin Belton both said they can’t wait to try his recipe it’s called moka with doll, described by Adam as “scrambled eggs with an Indian twist.”

Adam is determined to focus his digital series on “Indian-inspired” recipes that represent a kind of “fusion with recipes more familiar to the standard diner.” He says they won’t be overly “hot” and will instead use spices and aromatics to make each dish more accessible to the average home cook.

Second Prize Winner, Dennis Perez
Daytime, Create Cooking Challenge: My Family’s Recipe Runner-up Dennis Perez from Tampa, Florida, works in IT and leads software development teams. But away from his computer, Dennis is in the kitchen tinkering with recipes and recording videos or outdoors pursuing his other passions: hiking and archery.

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Whether it’s in the kitchen, behind his computer, or swinging arrows in the field, Dennis is focused on what he loves most, and sharing these skills is important to him. Dennis grew up in a multi-generational environment, with a family that spent more time in the kitchen than in any other room in the house. His family first settled New York after leaving Cuba and after many years found their way to Tampawhere they now live. He said that in his family you “grew up in the kitchen” because that was the heart of their home and that “love was expressed in food.”

His winning video, Cuban Picadillo, received high praise from the judges. Diane Kochilas said she found Dennis “very engaging” and said she learned something from his stories, while… Nick Stellino was eager to see Dennis host a series. Pati Jinich and Kevin Belton both praised his work in keeping viewers’ attention with interesting camera footage and the substitution tips in his recipe.

Comes to
As work begins on both winners’ series, they are expected to premiere in the fall. Now in its fourth year, the Create Cooking Challenge had nearly 110 video submissions from across the country, with viewers from more than 60 local public television markets. In addition to the two top prizes, 16 prizes were awarded to participants from local Create stations and public television markets in New YorkCaliforniaWisconsinFloridaWashingtonGeorgiaMarylandVirginiaNew Hampshireand Arizona† A full list of all 18 contest winners, their video submissions and where they live can be found below, while their videos, recipes and local channel information can be found at

Create Cooking Challenge: My Family’s Recipe additional winners, their recipe, place of residence and link to entry:

3 – Andrew TasakosPork Souvlaki
Shoreline, Washington

4- Caroline GloriaPan de Polvo
Round Rock, Texas

5 — Cyndy CecilGrandma Cecil’s Eclair Pie
Dobbs Ferry, New York

6- Donna Cianciola and Diana, Sicilian artichokes: gourmet or good enough
Nottingham, Maryland

7- Cliff PellonicPelloni Family Easter Dish: Afflataa
Roswell, Georgia

8- Tristan HeathVarenyky (Blue Berry Dumplings)
Mechanicsville, Virginia

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9 – Grace Vallo (Bianco), Lobster Puff Pastry Pie (“Adult” Lobster Roll)
Salem, NH

10 – Daniel TorrezBeef Enchiladas
Verona, Wisconsin

11 – Stefania LanzafameScacciata Siciliana di Cipollina (Sicilian Scacciata with chives)
St Cloud, Florida

12- Vincent WilliamsPineapple Coconut Cake
Stonecrest, Georgia

13- Susan SegerYiayia’s Savaren
Newport Beach, California

14- Kurt BantilanUbe (Purple Yam) Donuts
Jackson Heights, NY

15- Edward CunjeSous Vide Guyanese Beef Curry
Phoenix, Arizona

16 – Michael Angel Loayza, Jr.Papa a la Huancaína (Peruvian-style potato salad)
West Caldwell, NY

17 – Tamisa CovingtonHearty Black Eyed Peas and Kale Soup
Bloomfield, New York

18- Nova SasicNam Tok
Chicago, Illinois

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