ISLE OF CAPRI EXECUTIVE CHEF TAKES TOP HONORS AT ANNUAL CULINARY CLASSIC EVENT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ashley Rowatt   
Monday, 29 April 2013 15:08

Bettendorf, Iowa (April 29, 2013) –Isle® Casino Hotel Bettendorf’s Executive Chef Jason Gomez recently took top honors at the 4th Annual Riverside Culinary Classic.

The Culinary Classic is the largest, most prestigious culinary event in the State of Iowa. The event hosts an unprecedented eight food categories in which chefs can compete. Chefs can compete in one or several of the categories and competitors include culinary educators, corporate executive chefs, and certified executive chefs from universities, hotels and hospitals from Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois. The integrity of the 21 judges that judge the event are also unmatched in level of skill, knowledge and expertise in their fields.

This year, a total of 31 entries competed. Chef Jason Gomez entered the beef category and won the gold  medal with a whimsical dish that amazed the judges in the way that all of the ingredients worked together. The dish included: Grass Run Farms beef short ribs, Great River Bend Redband stout reduction, Maytag blue cheese mousse, with caramel corn, rhubarb gastrique, Grass Run steak tartare, Sutlif cider vinaigrette and kimchi spring onion.

Chef Gomez’s gold medal beef dish qualified him for the Best of Show category in which all of the gold medal winners from all of categories go head-to-head for the big prize. After four years of competing in this event, Chef Gomez was awarded “best of show” and the $2,500 dollar prize sponsored by King Foodservice.

The public can try some of Chef Jason Gomez’s other dishes at several upcoming events:

  • April 30 from 4:30pm – 9:00pm – Calypso’s $25 Gourmet Dinner Buffet.  Enjoy an all-you-can-eat gourmet dinner buffet with some of Chef Gomez’s recipes. Dinner includes a complimentary glass of wine, live jazz music and $5 of every purchase will be donated to the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities.
  • May 2 at 6:00pm – Cinco De Mayo Chef’s Showroom Cooking Demonstration & Dinner.  See award winning Chef’s Jason Gomez and Matt Meadows prepare delicious spreads. Get recipe tips, enjoy the foods and get ideas for creating your own culinary masterpieces.
  • May 13 at 6:00pm – Getting Ready for Summer Chef’s Showroom Cooking Demonstration & Dinner.  See award winning Chef’s Jason Gomez and Matt Meadows prepare delicious spreads. Get recipe tips, enjoy the foods and get ideas for creating your own culinary masterpieces.
  • May 28 from 4:30pm – 9:00pm – Calypso’s $25 Gourmet Dinner Buffet.  Enjoy an all-you-can-eat gourmet dinner buffet with some of Chef Gomez’s recipes. Dinner includes a complimentary glass of wine, live jazz music and $5 of every purchase will be donated to the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities.


Purchase tickets for these events visiting www.theislebettendorf.com.

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