Chefs Announced For Annual Caesar Competition

by Steven Doyle

Last evening the AIWF made their big announcement for the year, the entries for this years 20th Annual Caesar Salad Competition. On a typical year if a chef had won the competition, they would not be eligible to win again, but this being the big 2-0 year the rules have changed. For the 2011 competition, the competitors have not been hand picked as in previous years, instead past winning chefs are making a return visit to ferrest out the Master Caesar. 

Those unfamiliar with AIWF (American Institute of Wine and Food), their mission is to enhance quality of life through education in what we eat and drink. The local chapter of AIWF takes this mission to heart by supporting programs such as Days of Taste, a national AIWF initiative to educate elementary school children about the origins of their food, taking them from farm to table and introducing concepts of healthy eating.

You may recall craveDFW shouting out about the Days of Taste earlier in the year where we participated in working with local school children at the Dallas Farmers Market, creating some cool dishes with local chefs at the helm each day. For many of the children this was their first foray at the market and they each took essential life skills home with them.

Other programs the organization supports is the AIWF/Chef Sevy (Jim Severson of Sevy’s Grill) Endowment Fund, and other  scholarship programs.

You can show your support by attending the Caesar Salad Competition Sunday October 30 at the Westin Galleria from 1 to 5PM (you won’t miss the Cowboys in action).

The best part of the Caesar event is not just the amazing spread of salads and wine, but the little extra the chefs provide in way of enticing voters. Ask some of the past winners such as Janice Provost (Parigi) who supplied lobster bisque as her lagniappe. Many of the past winners offer their winning salad on their own restaurant’s menu.

Here is the line-up for this year‘s XX heated competition:

1994 Kent Rathbun Abacus, Jasper’s, Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen
1996 George Brown George Catering
1997 Jim Severson Sevy’s Grill
1998 James Neel Tramontana
2000 Samir Dhurandhar Nick & Sam’s, Nick & Sam’s Grill, Coal Vines
2001 Gilbert Garza Suze
2002 Doug Brown, Dish
2003 Brian Luscher The Grape
2004 David Holben Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
2007 Janice Provost Parigi Restaurant
2008 John Tesar The Commissary
2010 David C. Smith Westin Galleria Dallas.


Filed under Bacon, Cheese, chefs, fun with food, fundraiser, Party!, Steven Doyle

3 responses to “Chefs Announced For Annual Caesar Competition

  1. Thanks for the shout out, Stephen Doyle. This is going to be a blast!

    Janice Provost, Parigi

  2. Steve, thanks for putting this out. Terrific shot of Jackie.
    Anyone interested in attending, tickets are available.
    check out and page down to click on the reservation form or can also email the AIWF reservationist which is listed on the reservation form,
    Steve, hope you can make it as well. Shoot me an email if you are available. Best to you and craveDFW readers!

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