Matthew Anieri of Elmhurst, IL was chosen by chef judges including Vice President of the School of Culinary Arts Chris Koetke as the Grand Prize winner of the 2012/2013 yearlong Kendall Cooks Challenge online recipe contest.
Matthew was recognized for his “Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Spicy Salmon and Spanish Style Quinoa” recipe. For winning, Matthew will attend a weeklong Culinary Camp at Kendall College this summer where he will take classes in Advanced Culinary, Basic Baking & Pastry and Food Photography and Styling.
The Facebook-based cooking contest invited high-school students across the U.S. to develop their culinary skills through a series of four online, interactive recipe competitions throughout the year, which initially launched in September 2012.
Matthew’s recipe used Salmon, Poblano Chillies, and Quinoa as the mystery ingredients, which earned him First Place in the Third Round. Judges considered taste, appearance, creativity, appropriate use of mystery basket ingredients, and listing exact Ingredient amounts and clear instructions. His recipe, alongside three other Finalists’ recipes, was then recreated by Kendall culinary students based on his instructions, to become the winning dish.
“I wanted to make something different than a traditional entrée with sides so I decided to make a stuffed pepper,” Matthew said, in response to the inspiration behind his winning dish. “I’ve been practicing the FCCLA Spanish rice recipe so I decided to adapt that to make Spanish style Quinoa. I pulled in additional Mexican flavors to complement the dish.”
In addition to attending a Culinary Camp, Matthew will receive a personalized chef’s coat and an appearance on a future online episode of “Kendall Cooks with Chef Koetke.” All First Prize winners received a professional knife kit provided by Northwestern Cutlery.