Team Ooh La La Wins 1st Round of Ultimate Chef with a Meatball Twist

Photos by Ted Axelrod

Our Chef, Ninamarie Bojekian, along with our Pastry Chef, Jessica Marotta, was asked to compete in this exciting 5th annual ongoing competition held at Chef Central in Paramus, NJ: Ultimate Chef Bergen County. Jim Edwards, the culinary director of Chef Central, wanted to kick off the UCBC 2012 season a bit early this year, and with a twist.

Instead of cooking with a secret ingredient, they were challenged to prepare a 3 course menu inspired by 3 different regions of Italy. While the judges tasted, scored and selected a winner for the UCBC portion of the evening, the audience had a chance to put their two cents in as well. The added twist was a Meatball Throwdown. An audience of about 80 people blindly tasted the meatballs of our competitor, Johnny Meatballs, and ours.

Team Ooh La La won both the 1st round of UCBC and the Meatball Throwdown.  Our chefs, Ninamarie and Jessica, will be moving on to round 2nd. The judges included Susan Sherrill, the food editor of The Record, Rosie Saferstein of Table Hoping with Rosie, and Chef John Piliouras.

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