"I did not win but came close," he said. His finalist recipe was Holiday Caprese Salad.
For its fifth annual “Ultimate Cranberry Recipe” Contest, Ocean Spray sought executive chefs and foodservice professionals who highlight the versatility of the cranberry in the most unique and vibrant way. This year, Shonna Ebert of Dietert Center in Kerrville, Texas won the $10,000 grand prize with “Kickin’ Chicken Tortilla Soup with Zesty Cranberry Crème Fraîche.”
Ebert prepared her innovative creation for a panel of judges including Paul King, executive chef of Davio’s; Lawrence Parks, executive chef; and Jason Ward, executive chef of Renaissance Boston Hotel & Spa at Patriot Place during the final cooking showdown this past Friday. On Saturday, the judges announced Ebert as the winner during Ocean Spray’s Fall Harvest Festival.The recipes can be found at www.oceanspray.com as well as www.oceansprayfoodservice.com/recipes/.
The two other finalists included Brent Rhoda of Sysco SEF in West Palm Beach, Fla., with his “Deep Fried Craisins and Michael Sabella of Sysco Foodservices in San Francisco, Calif.
Shawn has been a culinary instructor at the Art Institute of Salt Lake City, and a few years ago published a basic cookbook for beginners called "The First-Timer's Cookbook." He has also been teaching culinary classes at The Crane House Reception Center in Riverton. His next class takes place Oc.t 13 at 6:30 p.m., and will feature Mac and Cheese and Tabouli Salad. First time attendance cost is $35, which includes copies of both "The First-Timer's Cookbook" and "In Good Taste" by Nancy J. Miles. Repeat classes are $15. Register at 801-838-8901.
Here's Shawn's recipe: