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The 2003 IH/M&RS Chefs’ Championships Award Culinary Excellence in Duck, Veal, Clams and Buffalo Dishes
WHITE PLAINS, NY, November 19, 2003... Raising the culinary bar to new heights, six competitions created a new level of excitement at the 8th annual IH/M&RS Chefs’ Championships, when top chefs and talented novices competed in live cooking flights during the 88th annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show® (IH/M&RS), November 8-11, 2003, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. 

Cash prizes and American Culinary Federation (ACF) medals and continuing education certification points were awarded for individual competitions featuring duck, veal, clams and buffalo; a team competition featuring veal and buffalo; and “Grand Marnier La Competition,” a student/instructor competition for sweet and savory dishes.

Individual competitions awarded first, second and third place cash prizes, for $2,500, $1500 and $750 respectively. “Grand Marnier La Competition” awarded first and second place cash prizes of $2,000 and $1,000 respectively, in both the sweet and savory categories. Prizes were paid directly to the winning schools’ scholarship programs.


Buffalo - Sponsored by King Canyon Buffalo, Inc.
  • First Prize: Michael Ruggiero - Westchester Country Club (Rye, NY) $2,500
  • Second Prize: James Palmariello – Tufts University (Medford, MA) $1,500
  • Third Prize: Jose Sanchez – The Olympic Club (San Francisco, CA) $750
Buffalo & Veal – Team - Sponsored by Advance Food Company and King Canyon Buffalo, Inc.
  • Robert Ruggiero, captain – Westchester Country Club (Rye, NY), Travis Smith, captain – USA Army (Fort Lee, VA), John P. Montgomery, captain – Pine Hollow Country Club (East Norwich, NY)
Clams - Sponsored by Florida Hard Shell Clams
  • First Prize: Jerry Reveron – The Woodward House (Bethlehem, CT) $2,500
  • Second Prize: Robert Graham – Ritz Carlton (Phoenix, AZ) $1,500
  • Third Prize: Frank Costantino – New York City College of Technology (Brooklyn, NY) $750
Duck - Sponsored by Maple Leaf Farms
  • First Prize: Gerald Chin – Bradley Ogden @ Ceasar’s Palace (Las Vegas, NV) $1,000
  • First Prize: Victor Sommo – MY Linh (Delhi, NY) $1,000
  • Third Prize: Gianfranco Franzese – Bocelli Restaurant (Staten Island, NY) $750
“Grand Marnier La Competition” Savory - Sponsored by Grand Marnier
  • First Prize: ACF Philadelphia Apprentice Program (Philadelphia, PA) – Tom Macrina, instructor $2,000
  • Second Prize: Paul Smith’s College (Paul Smiths, NY) – David Gotzmer, instructor $1,000
“Grand Marnier La Competition” Sweet - Sponsored by Grand Marnier
  • First Prize: ACF Philadelphia Apprentice Program (Philadelphia, PA) – Tom Macrina, instructor $2,000
  • Second Prize: Paul Smith’s College (Paul Smiths, NY) – David Gotzmer, instructor $1,000
Veal - Sponsored by Advance Food Company
  • First Prize: Victor Zarate – Westchester Country Club (Rye, NY) $2,500
  • Second Prize: Chris Malpas – Farrago (St. Davids, Bermuda) $1,500
  • Third Prize: Eric Nelson – Ritz Carlton (Phoenix, AZ) $750

“This year, The IH/M&RS Chefs’ Championships attracted some of the best chefs in the country. The competition allows them to display their skills and creativity, and be recognized by their industry colleagues for their achievements,” said Gerry Murphy, culinary director.

The competition format was based on ACF guidelines, with participants judged on organization, cooking skills, culinary techniques and taste. Judges were: Brad Barnes, CMC, executive chef, 42nd Street Hilton (New York, NY); Ron Desantis, CMC, dean, Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park, NY); and Ed Leonard, CMC, executive chef, Westchester Country Club (Rye, NY).

The Chefs’ Championships are coordinated by the IH/M&RS and the ACF. Culinary director for the IH/M&RS Chefs’ Championships is Gerry Murphy from the Westchester/Lower Fairfield County ACF Chapter. The ACF is an organization of professional chefs, pastry chefs, culinary educators, cooks, and related professionals serving the food industry. The objective of the ACF is to promote the culinary profession and the advancement of its members.

The 89th annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show will run Saturday, November 13, through Tuesday, November 16, 2004, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. 

The International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association; the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc.; the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association, and is managed by George Little Management, LLC (GLM®).


Cathy Steel/Pamela Fink
(914) 421-3364
Also See: IH/M&RS Fifth Annual Chefs’ Championships Draws Standing-room Only Crowds; Chef Winners Announced / Nov 2000

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