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Noriega wins culinary award

Jorge Noriega, associate director for culinary development and certified executive chef for Dining Services, has been named the 2021 Premier Culinary Creations Award winner.

Participants were judged by a panel of five judges in six areas, including appearance, originality/creativity, flavors and modern sauces, use of fresh and healthy ingredients, recipe adaptability and nutritional value.

Noriega prepared a guacho, a traditional Panamanian dish, with some nuances and some modern touches. This dish contained a ruby red rice blend with black eyed peas, a sous vide pork chop, a roasted tomato and roasted red bell pepper sofrito, curly leaf parsley and a golden beet salad with a culantro oil.

“Culantro is one of those things that makes Panamanian cooking, Panamanian cooking. It has a little bit more assertive taste than cilantro … [and] is a little bit more floral,” Noriega said.

Premier operates a group purchasing organization for not-for-profit companies, including food service operations. The annual Culinary Creations Contest invites food service members from across the country to compete, awarding a Culinary Creations Award Winner and a People’s Choice Winner.