Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New York resident takes top prize in 3rd annual Plugrá® European-Style Butter Magnifique Recipe Contest

Jasmin Baron of Livonia, New York, has been named Grand Champion in the 3rd Annual Plugrá European-Style Butter Magnifique Recipe Contest—Le Saucier. For this year’s competition, Plugrá invited food enthusiasts to share the recipe for their favorite butter sauce and complementary culinary creation. Baron impressed the judges, a panel of chefs from the Plugrá Culinary Institute, with Soy-Ginger-Lime Wasabi Butter Sauce served with Crispy Panko Tilapia over Wilted Spinach.

“The Soy-Ginger-Lime Wasabi Butter Sauce immediately caught our attention as an Asian adaptation of a classic Beurre Blanc. What’s beautiful about this sauce is the use of on-trend flavor combinations and the way it works both on its own and to elevate the accompanying dish,” said Plugrá Chef Cari Price. “Overall, we were pleased to observe that the technique and complexity of recipes continue to advance with each year of the recipe contest—demonstrating that food enthusiasts are in sync with the heightened culinary experience that Plugrá brings to market.”

As the Grand Champion, Baron is the recipient of $2,500 and an all-expense-paid culinary tour of New York City. Ten runners-up each received a Williams-Sonoma® saucier collection and Raymond Sokolov’s cookbook “The Saucier’s Apprentice: A Modern Guide to Classic French Sauces for the Home.” All finalist recipes are published on www.plugra.com.

“I am so thrilled that the Plugrá chefs selected my recipe for the top prize in this year’s Magnifique recipe contest,” said Baron. “I hope that people get as much enjoyment from trying my dish as I did from creating it.”

Le Saucier celebrates the resurgence of sauce-making as a refined culinary art. According to the experts at Plugrá, sauces are a perfect opportunity for chefs and food enthusiasts to experiment with new culinary influences and ingredients with minimal risk. Sauces made with Plugrá European-Style Butter are an excellent way to add a burst of flavor or inject a spark of creativity into signature entrées, vegetables or desserts.

Professional chefs have long known that Plugrá European-Style Butter is the secret ingredient for smoother, creamier sauces with a richer flavor profile and full-bodied taste. Slow-churned to create less moisture, Plugrá is also the secret to higher cakes, flakier pastries, and lighter, fluffier soufflés.

Discover for yourself how Soy-Ginger-Lime Wasabi Butter Sauce and the other winning sauces from the 3rd Annual Plugrá Magnifique Recipe Contest can turn your creations into coveted culinary triumphs. To be inspired, visit www.plugra.com .

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