Diamond Crystal Crowns 'Seasoned Chefs'

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Diamond Crystal Crowns 'Seasoned Chefs'

MINNEAPOLIS -- Diamond Crystal, maker of kosher salt based here, has announced the winners of its 2007 Search for the Seasoned Chef Recipe Contest.

The contest's judges included a food expert from the Byerly's grocery store chain, also based in Minnesota, according to Diamond Crystal.

Sara Welch of Jacksonville, Fla. was named grand prize and entree category winner, and Christen Roye, of Austin, Texas was named appetizer category winner. The two chefs-in-training were awarded scholarships to pursue their culinary dreams, along with prizes for their original recipes using Diamond Crystal kosher salt.

Established in 2003, the contest is designed to identify future leaders in the culinary industry. Entrants are asked to create and submit their best original recipe using one and a half tablespoons of Diamond Crystal kosher salt as an ingredient. Applicants may enter recipes in the categories of appetizers, soups/stews or entrees. An independent panel of culinary experts selects the winning recipes based on taste, appearance, consumer appeal, creativity, and appropriate use of Diamond Crystal kosher salt.