Saturday at the Iowa State Fair, Chef George Formaro (Zombie Burger, Centro, Django, South Union Bread Café, Gateway Market Café) and veteran State Fair judges Pat Barry and Mary Hanna judged the Kenmore Honored Harvest Time Recipes Competition. The competition is part of Kenmore's celebration of the brand's 100th Anniversary. Formaro also served as a host for the event.
The contest saw twenty-two contestants' locally inspired dishes tasted and judged onstage Saturday at the fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. In the end, the judges selected Norwalk resident Pamela Reynolds' Market-Fresh Lettuce Wraps with Cook-top Sauces as the third place winner, West Des Moines resident Kyle Barton's Butternut Squash with Garlic Chicken as the runner-up, and Runnells resident Christen Clark's Sweet Corn Ravioli with Sautéed Summer Vegetables” as the blue ribbon winner.
Clark took home more than $8000 in prizes including a Kenmore kitchen appliance makeover worth $5,000 and a three-day/two-night trip package for two people to the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival in October. Clark also has opportunity to have her recipe featured in the Kenmore 100th Anniversary cookbook that is due out this fall. One lucky fair attendee also won a Kenmore Elite refrigerator worth more than $3,000.
If you are looking for a new recipe to try and don't want to wait for the Kenmore cookbook, click here to see Chef Formaro's recipe for Ricotta Gnocchi with Iowa Summer Garnish.