Stuart Davis, a father from Cherry Hill, NJ, was the big winner at the 5th Annual Manischewitz Cook-off last month, which the company sponsors to get more people cooking with kosher food products.
Famed French chef (and Julia Child culinary co-conspirator) Jacques Pepin judged the competition.
Davis’s winning recipe is a donburi, which is a Japanese food loosely translated to mean a “rice bowl dish.” It typically consists of meat, poultry, or vegetables served over rice.
Davis is a father of four who speaks fluent Japanese and teaches a “Digesting Hebrew” class at Temple Beth Shalom in Cherry Hill. For his award-winning recipe, Davis received $25,000, including cash and GE appliances.
Of the five finalists, three are not Jewish. One of the finalists became familiar with kosher food after dealing with Celiac disease, which is best managed with a dairy- and gluten-free diet.
The cook-off is a great way to get people thinking about food, challenging their assumptions, blending flavors and cultural influences, trying new things and – hopefully – learning about more about the intersection of food, religion and culture.
With Passover around the corner, now is a great time to do a little research on kosher food and maybe try a new recipe or two.
Check out Davis’s winning recipe for chicken and egg donburi.
For more recipes and a Kid’s Corner with games for children to play, visit the Manischewitz website.