Eagle, Idaho, September 17, 2012—Chef Daniel Swift from the Capstone Café at the University of Nevada Las Vegas knows how to get a party started. His recipe for Russet-Wrapped Shrimp Pops took first place honors, and won him $1,500 in the Idaho Potato Commission’s (IPC) “Get the Party Started” recipe contest. Lobster Potato Skins won second place and $550 for Chef David Knickrehm, whose restaurant, Bella Aquila, is located in Eagle, Idaho. For third place and $400, Chef Marcos Rodriquez Caban, on the culinary arts faculty at Universidad de Este Culinary School in Carolina, Puerto Rico, created Idaho® Potato and Chicken Croquettes with Aioli and Spicy Paprika Oil.
The IPC developed the recipe contest to celebrate the Commission’s 75th Anniversary and the national tour of the Famous Idaho Potato Truck. “Our foodservice team thought American Culinary Federation chefs would relish the opportunity to help Get the Party Started!” said Don Odiorne, IPC Vice President-Foodservice. “The chefs responded by raising the creative bar with outstanding menu applications that use flavor and technique in non-traditional and intriguing ways.” The contest attracted entries from across the U.S., reinforcing the Famous Potato Truck’s cross-county tour and the popularity of Idaho® Potatoes with chefs in every state.
The Idaho Potato Commission encourages all chefs to view the winning recipes and photos on the IPC foodservice website. While on the site, browse the foodservice recipe database and to download the IPC Foodservice Toolkit, the ultimate culinary resource for Idaho potatoes.
About the Idaho Potato Commission
The Idaho Potato Commission is a state agency that is primarily responsible for expanding the markets for Idaho-grown potatoes through advertising, promotion and research. The Commission also protects the use of the “Idaho® potato” and “Grown in Idaho®” seals, which are federally registered Certification Marks that belong to the IPC. These Marks ensure that consumers are purchasing potatoes that have been grown in the state of Idaho. For more information, visit www.idahopotato.com.