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CKCA Produces Iron Chef Competition at Kosherfest

kosher iron chef at kosherfest

The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts (CKCA)—the world’s only professional Kosher Culinary Arts school, will be co-producing for the third straight year the “Iron-Chef” culinary competition at the Kosherfest Expo in the Meadowlands Exposition Center on October 30th.

Three top chefs will have thirty minutes to cook one entrée from scratch using only a basket of mystery ingredients and a limited pantry of basic staples. The winner will take home a cash prize of $1000.   And this year our very own Jamie Geller will be hosting the event!!!

Chef Wiseman holding Trophy

CKCA’s involvement in the Iron-Chef Kosherfest competition has helped to legitimize the event and develop a culinary arts component that was previously absent from the show. Professionally trained chefs from some of the kosher world’s top establishments now cook live in an “Iron Chef” style competition in front of an audience of industry professionals, foodies, and fans. In honor of the 25th anniversary of Kosherfest, this year’s competition will highlight products representative of the kosher food industry, then and now.  Can't wait to find out what products are included.

This years competitors are: Casey Colaneri, Executive Chef of the Sushi Metsuyan restaurants in Monsey and Teaneck, Jose Soto, Executive Chef, Basil Restaurant in Brooklyn and David Teyf, Chef & Owner, Lox Café at the Jewish Museum in Manhattan.

The competition will be sponsored by Jack’s Gourmet Sausages, an innovative kosher meat company who made waves last year with the introduction of a high quality, surprisingly authentic bacon substitute made from beef called “facon”.  Great Kosher Restaurants Magazine will be sponsoring the videography for the event.

The competition will also feature a panel of three distinguished judges who will score the chefs’ work on presentation, taste and creativity in order to determine the 1st prize winner.

This year’s judges are:

Philippe Kaemmerle, Chef and Instructor at The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts
Jack Silberstein, Owner, Jack’s Gourmet Sausages
Roberta Scher, Co-founder and Managing Editor of

The winner of the competition will be announced at Kosherfest, upon the presentation of the trophy and $1000 cash prize.

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