Arkansas Culinary Classic
Ready, Set, Cook and WIN
AHA hosts an annual culinary competition to showcase Arkansas’s Chefs. Chefs may compete in four categories: Soup/Salad, Dessert, Entree, or Appetizer. Each chef must provide a presentation plate, three judging plates, and 250 tastings of each entry for the culinary dinner. After judging is completed, the doors open to public ticket holders to taste the creative fare of the chefs!
Soup & Salad
2nd Place: Casey Copeland, The Avenue, Frisee & Cold Smoked Beef Tenderloin Salad
3rd Place: Cody Rudd, So-Restaurant, Bacon Chowder with Jalapeno Relish
1st Place: Bonner Cameron, Bistro Catering & Gourmet, Coffee Cured Beef Medallions
2nd Place: Tom Rigg, At the Corner, Seared Macadamia Nut Encrusted Tuna
3rd Place: Paul Frintrup, Country Club of Little Rock, Lobster & Mascarpone Tortellini
2nd Place: Cody Rudd, So-Restaurant, 8 Hour Braised Beef Short Ribs
3rd Place: Ryan Merritt, The Clean Eatery, Beef Tenderloin with Bacon and Brussels
1st Place: Izaak Winter, Ya Ya’s Euro Bistro, Lemon Posset with Chantilly Cream & Fresh Berries on Lavender Shortbread Cookie
2nd Place: Buffy Teague, Chartwells K12, Pumpkin Tartletts with Italian Meringue
3rd Place: Bonner Cameron, Bistro Catering & Gourmet, White Chocolate Raspberry Bread Pudding
Arkansas Pride Award Presented by Hiland Dairy: Paul Frintrup, Country Club of Little Rock, Lobster & Mascarpone Tortellini
Best of Beef Award Presented by the Arkansas Beef Council: Bonner Cameron, Bistro Catering & Gourmet, Coffee Cured Beef Medallions
People’s Choice Award: Paul Frintrup, Country Club of Little Rock, Braised Beef Short Ribs
2017 Winners Presentation
Thank you to our 2017 Culinary Classic Sponsors! We certainly couldn’t do this without you!
The Silent Auction at the AR Chef’s Culinary Classic gets a tremendous response each year from showcase attendees and exhibitors alike. Proceeds from this event help to fund our Arkansas culinary students. The Silent Auction is a great opportunity for you to promote your business, as well as, showcase your commitment to the hospitality industry. For more information on the Silent Auction, please contact Jill Thiel at (501) 376-2323 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
2017 Auction Form
Thank you to the businesses and our members that donated items for the 2017 Auction.