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Winners of The 2012 Discover DuckTM Recipe Contest for Professional Chefs & Culinary Students
And the winners are... Our panel of judges has selected the winning entries showcasing Maple Leaf Farms duck in both the Chef and Student Categories:

Chef Category:
Grand Prize: Ale and Apple Duck Banderillas with Pralined Bacon
and Apple Hoisin Sauce

by Chef Andrea Spring of Anna Maria, FL ($5,000 Prize)
Second Place: Manchego Duck Pintxos with Tapas Red Curry Cream
by Chef Michael Watz of Chicago ($3,000 Prize)
Third Place: Duck Leg Confit Meatballs in Grand Marnier Sauce
by Chef Eric Braun of Ft. Wayne, IN ($1,500 Prize)

Student Category:
Grand Prize: Savory Duck Confit Cheesecake Bites with
Caramelized Balsamic Onion Jam

by Charlie Stephens of Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, WI
($2,500 Prize)
Second Place: Asian Brussels Sprout Salad with Duck Confit
by Jessica Gershman of The Art Institute of Indianapolis ($1,500 Prize)

All submissions were judged anonymously.

Thanks to everyone who entered. See you in 2013!
Chef Grand Prize
Student Grand Prize

grand Prize Winner
(Pictured from left) Maple Leaf Farms Southeast U.S. Sales Manager Charlie Rose; Chef Grand Prize Winner - Chef Andrea Spring, Sign of the Mermaid, Anna Maria, FL; and Maple Leaf Farms CEO Terry Tucker
(Pictured from center left) Chef Second Place Winner - Chef Michael Watz of Washburne Culinary Institute, Chicago (along with his culinary students); and Maple Leaf Farms Central U.S. Sales Manager John Palumbo

3rd Place Winner Student - Second Place
(Pictured from left) Maple Leaf Farms Central U.S. Sales Manager John Palumbo; and Chef Third Place Winner - Chef Eric Braun, Allen County Jail, Fort Wayne, IN
(Pictured from left)Student Grand Prize Winner - Charlie Stephens, Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, WI; and Maple Leaf Farms Central U.S. Sales Manager John Palumbo. Student Second Place Winner - Jessica Gershman, The Art Institute of Indianapolis, was unavailable for a photo.

chef hat
Recipes were judged using these criteria:
Accurate/workable (30%) All ingredients are listed in order of use with
measurements and complete directions for preparation and plating
Creative/Original (30%) Use of duck in a non-traditional small plate
(shareable) recipe
Simple (40%) Easily sourced ingredients and ease of preparation

Email Contest Questions to chefcontest@mapleleaffarms.com
Contest entries were accepted February 1-June 10, 2012.
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