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Geneva chef wins Slice Dice and Spice NY 2010

Canandaigua, NY – The Slice Dice, and Spice team led by Chef Carl Bray of Geneva On The Lake in Geneva, NY smoked the competition in the final round Slice Dice and Spice NY 2010 Championsof the Slice, Dice and Spice NY competition held at the New York Wine and Culinary Center on Sunday. The team was comprised of Karen Miltner (Democrat and Chronicle), Matt Wittmeyer (Canandaigua Magazine) and Leah Wilson (Democrat and Chronicle). The team’s caddie was Emily Shearing (Democrat and Chronicle).The teams were given 60 minutes and had to make Finger Lakes themed dishes using primarily Finger Lakes and NY State ingredients, most of which were kept secret until the clock started.The finals heat had a them of “Picnic in the Finger Lakes” and focused on developing the perfect picnic-style meal. Teams had to use locally sourced foods, pair them with wines from the Canandaigua Wine Trail and prepare one special drink, either hot or cold, to be put into an L.L. Bean drink canister.The winning meal consisted of:- Mixed greens salad with apples and scallion over a bed of fresh beets with apple cider balsamic, lemon bitters and avocado oil.- Tea sandwich with date walnut bread and a goat cheese fennel pure.- A “Surf and Turf”. Steak marinated in chocolate balsamic olive oil and cinnamon balsamic with a potato and carrot salad. Smoked scallops paired with a blackberry and white wine sauce.- Nut and raisin “no bake” cookie with marshmallow inside, coated with dark chocolate and cayenne pepper with granola on top.- A traminette mulled wine with lemon bitters and cherry bitters, apple juice and cherry juice.- A Finger Lakes Riesling.The teams had to choose an ideal setting to have their picnic. Chef Bray and his team chose a setting at Stony Brook State Park after a long hike, eating in a lodge by a beautiful fireplace.Chef Bray was able to outdo the competition and take first place against Chef Debra Whiting of Red Newt Bistro in Hector, NY and Chef Paul Midgley, representing Onondaga County and Manlius, NY.“Everyone that competed in this competition was great,” Said Chef Bray. “I was going up against a lot of great chefs. It was exciting as a professional and it was a lot of fun, the team was awesome!”The judges’ voting criteria included the teams’ ability to plan a creative menu highlighting the Finger Lakes products. How well the chef delegated to and directed the amateur participants was also taken into consideration as well as how the teams cooked to the specific Finger Lakes theme.“We are really fortunate to have so many quality local products and chefs in the Finger Lakes. It amazes me how the teams did a great job at cooking to the Finger Lakes specific themes and really showcased what the region has to offer,” said Valerie Knoblauch, President of the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection. “All these chefs are responsible fore putting Finger Lakes cuisine on the map.”

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