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 Annual “White Apron Competition”
at Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro,GA
Announces Winners: Surprise Ingredient - Bananas

GREENSBORO, GA, April 24, 2009 - Situated 75 miles east of Atlanta, The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation boasts some of the most talented chefs in the industry. From all around the world, cooks and bakers come to The Lodge in Greensboro, Georgia to work and further their career in culinary and pastry arts. Annually, the resort’s “White Apron Contest” showcases their remarkable abilities and three winners are announced. This year’s winners are Amyn Muhammad from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Maricus Nolley from Covington, Georgia and Sitra Amadhanirundr from Bangkok, Thailand.

The education competition is open only to line-cooks in The Ritz-Carlton Lodge kitchens and is limited to a total of fifteen entrants -- five in each of the three categories of appetizer, entrée and dessert. Just one week before the White Apron tasting takes place, a secret ingredient is announced that the cooks must use as their presentations’ main ingredient. As decided by The Lodge chefs, this year’s surprise item was Bananas.

While designing the course, a cost analysis must ensure that dishes do not exceed the predetermined cost-per-serving of $3 for appetizer, $6 per entrée and $2 for dessert. A complete recipe and plate design are presented. Finally, a panel of six judges scored the entry on Presentation, Creativity, Flavor/Temperature and Use of the Secret Ingredient.

The second annual White Apron winners include three exquisite Ritz-Carlton Lodge culinary artists who demonstrated unique and delectable dishes that reflected not only Ritz-Carlton’s reputation for world-class fare, but also a regional flair with personalized touches.

Back row left to right: JUDGES General Manager Steven Freund, Food & Beverage Director Brenda Sapp,
Executive Pastry Chef Antony Fernandez, Yuri Hale of Atlanta Foods International and Executive Chef Scott Gambone
Front row left to right: WINNERS Amyn Muhammad, Maricus Nolley and Sitra Amadhanirundr

Amyn Muhammad, appetizer winner, was applauded for his spot-on preparation of his creation, Seared Curried Chicken and Banana Risotto with Chive garnish. Amyn is currently a Cook I in Georgia’s Bistro.

Maricus Nolley, entrée winner, surprised and delighted the judges with his presentation of Plantain-Crusted Pork stuffed with Marinated Banana and served on Coconut-Banana Risotto with Fried Plantain garnish and a Banana-Apple Reduction. Maricus is currently a Cook I in Georgia’s Bistro.

Sitra Amadhanirundr, dessert winner, crafted a whimsical dessert with her Creamy Mascarpone Banana Tart in which layers of flourless chocolate cake and creamy mascarpone flan in an almond sablé cookie were topped with caramelized banana and kumquat and wild berry sorbet and garnished with chocolate curls and hazelnut crumbs. Sitra is currently a Cook I in the resort’s 24-hour Pastry Kitchen.

The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, a AAA Five Diamond resort, provides guests legendary Ritz-Carlton service highlighted by gracious southern hospitality. The Lodge has been recognized by Parents magazine as one of the Best Family-Friendly Resorts and Travel + Leisure Family named it one of their Top 50 Family Resorts. The 251-room Lodge is located just 75 miles east of Atlanta with 99 holes of golf designed by the greatest architects of the game, Mobil Four-Star-rated Spa with southern-inspired services and exclusive Lodge adventures from fishing for large mouth bass to horseback riding or canoeing.

Liza Kubik
Director of Public Relations
The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation
One Lake Oconee Trail
Greensboro, GA 30642
Phone: (706) 467-0600
Direct (706) 467-7044
Fax (706) 467-0601

Also See: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Pioneering a New Brand Extension; Future Sites for Ritz-Carlton Reserve Include Thailand, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Turks & Caicos and The United Arab Emirates / December 2008

The Ritz-Carlton Philosophy; Simon Cooper, President and COO, Discusses Evolution of the Brand / May 2002

Jury Awards 10 million to Owner of Ritz-Carlton Bali; At Core of Case - A Material Breach of Loyalty Displayed by Marriott International (Ritz-Carlton's Parent Company) / February 2008


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