Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar takes top spot at statewide culinary competition
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar just took home the top spot in an annual Iowa cooking competition.
On Nov. 18, the Iowa Restaurant Association in collaboration with The Soyfoods Council and the Iowa Beef Industry Council completed their statewide culinary competition at a Celebratory Gala at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.
The two-part competition challenged top chefs from across Iowa to create an entree featuring a beef sirloin ball tip steak and a soy-based side dish or sauce.
This year’s winners were:
- First Place - Matt Drennan, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, West Des Moines
- Runner-up - Alex Beltran, Rathbun Lakeshore Grille at Honey Creek Resort
- Third Place - Nick Marino, Park Street Kitchen + Bar, Downtown Hilton DSM
- People’s Choice - Anthony Nace, Blu Toro Cantina & Grill, West Des Moines
A team of professional judges visited each restaurant to evaluate the dishes.
The eight chefs showcased their competition creations in sample portions at a Celebratory Gala held in conjunction with the Iowa Hospitality Expo.
Hundreds of event attendees then voted for a People’s Choice winner.
“These award-winning creations highlighted the exceptional culinary talent of Iowa’s chef community,” said Jessica Dunker, president and CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association. “We love the message combining beef and soy in a competition sends. There is room for both on the same plate, they are complements, not competitors. The variety of this year’s entries and flavors also exemplify the adaptability of these Iowa-based products to any style of cuisine. We expect to see many of these competition dishes on menus this year.”