Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia Food Services Chef Bryan Haymans has been selected to compete in the Culinary Challenge at the National Association of College and University Food Services Southern Region Conference on March 22 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.
The NACUFS Culinary Challenge recognizes outstanding food preparation and presentation skills in collegiate food service programs. Chefs are selected to compete at the regional level after preparing a dish from a predetermined mandatory ingredient and submitting a photo and description of their dish to the Regional Culinary Challenge chair. Selection is based on many factors, including originality, presentation, cooking methods and nutritional analysis. This year’s mandatory ingredient is flounder.
At the regional competition, Haymans will prepare his dish in front of a live audience of college and university food service managers as well as industry suppliers. He will compete against chefs from Rice University, Texas A&M University, Kennesaw State University, the University of North Texas and Oklahoma State University.
Haymans and his competitors will have 80 minutes to cook the dish, which will include five minutes to set their stations, 60 minutes to cook, 10 minutes to plate four dishes and five minutes to clean and exit their stations. Chefs will be penalized in scoring if their food is not to the judges at the end of 70 minutes, if their dishes are plated prior to the time allotted for plating, or if they have not cleaned and exited their stations at the end of 80 minutes. Judging will take place during and after the competition, and criteria will include organization, sanitation, cooking skills, culinary technique, creativity, portion size, flavor and texture, ingredient compatibility, nutritional balance, and presentation. The only assistance allowed is the help of one volunteer in cleaning and delivering of plates to the judges.
The first place winner from each region will go on to the national competition in July.
Haymans has competed and placed in previous regional competitions. In 2003, he placed second with a silver medal; in 2004, he placed third; and in 2007, he placed third with a bronze medal.