Mori-nu Silken Tofu Declared a Winner at State Fair Soy Salad Dressing Competition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katelyn Kostek   
Monday, 25 August 2014 13:50
August 22, 2014 – West Des Moines, IA – Fried food was not the only fan favorite at this year’s Iowa State Fair.  Hundreds of people took the time to stop by the Ag Building and sample original Mori-nu Silken Tofu-based salad dressings presented by four professional chefs as part of The Soyfoods Council and Iowa Restaurant Association’s 2nd Annual Soy Salad Dressing Competition. The Professional Chef’s Competition took place Monday, August 11 at the Agriculture Building. Some of the area’s top chefs were invited to showcase their artistry in this delicious and healthy competition.

Top Chefs Wow the Crowd
The competitors included: 
· Chef Michael Kelley of the Great Caterers of Iowa, Pleasant Hill
· Chef Eric McDowell of Prairie Meadows, Altoona
· Chef Brian Pomerenk of the Iowa Machine Shed , Urbandale 
· Chef Robert Sanda of Tally’s, Beaverdale

The Chefs were challenged to make salad dressing recipes which were consumer friendly, used Mori-nu Soft Silken Tofu as the base of the dressing and were delicious enough to put on their own menu.  Each chef demonstrated the process of making the dressing, then served five judges as well as a crowd of fair-goers who then cast their vote for People’s Choice award winner. 

Contest judges included Tom and Susanne Oswald of the Iowa Soybean Association, Liz Cox of the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative, Wini Moranville of KCWI’s Great Day segment Great Foods, and certified culinary instructor Phil Carey of the Iowa Culinary Institute.

Sanda Wins, McDowell is People’s Choice
Chef Robert Sanda won first place with a refreshing Walnut Silken Tofu Vinaigrette dressing. He received a $250 prize. Chef Kelley received second place for his Tofu Miso Soy Salad dressing and Chef McDowell received third place with a Summer Beef and Broccoli Salad with Miso Blue Cheese Vinaigrette dressing. Chef McDowell impressed the crowed with his elaborate recipes and received People’s Choice award.

All of the chefs’ recipes are available for download on both the Iowa Restaurant Association and The Soyfoods Council websites. 


Iowa Restaurant Association
The Iowa Restaurant Association is an advocacy organization supporting Iowa’s industry with educational and promotional programs across the state.

The Soyfoods Council
The Soyfoods Council is an affiliate of the Iowa Soybean Association.  The mission of The Soyfoods Council is to serve as a catalyst, leader and facilitator to mainstream soy-based foods into the global marketplace—America and beyond. .
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