Young chefs are shaping tomorrow’s world of culinary arts and the hospitality industry. They are tipped to be the stars of the future; thus the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) represented in Jordan by Agri Marketing, partnered with the Jordanian Chefs Association (JCA) to launch the U.S. Beef Young Chefs Challenge 2021.
Twenty five young chefs, who are members of JCA and participated in U.S. Beef Master Classes and Hands-on Trainings, showcased their skills and presented diverse dishes of U.S. Beef Striploin Steak during three qualifying rounds.
Selected through best performance, six chefs qualified for the final challenge, held at The Boulevard – Al Abdali in Amman. Young chefs went head to head in two competition categories creating a starter of U.S. Beef Tenderloin “Tartar” and a center-of–the-plate U.S. Beef Ribeye Steak.
Five professional judges of the elite Jordanian Chefs mentored and evaluated the competing chefs and selected the three highest scored U.S. beef dishes as winners of the 2021 Young Chefs Challenge.
Accolades and medals were awarded to winning chefs along with certificates of participation and appreciation that were handed over to initial qualifiers, JCA board members, judges and those who contributed to the success of this event.
Representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture offices in Washington, D.C. and Amman, as well as senior staff from the U.S. Embassy in Jordan were in attendance and actively networked with the chefs.
USMEF is keen on developing its chefs’ training outreach programs and culinary schemes to build the technical capacities of young chefs and to upgrade their skills in U.S. beef butchering and culinary applications.