Not Your Bubbe's Kosher Cookoff

by in View All Posts, February 26th, 2009

Having grown up in a kosher home, with 4 generations of Jewish home cooking under my belt, I was excited to be one of the “chosen people” last week — chosen to be part of a panel of judges for the 3rd annual Manischewitz Cook-off, that is.

The six finalists, competing live for a $25,000 grand prize package, were picked from hundreds of applicants. Their objective was to make a creative, attractive and delicious dish using Manischewitz products.

The finalists:

  • Ruby Red Risotto with Pistachio-Basil Pesto and Garlic Herb Goat Cheese
  • Laced Lamb with Figs
  • Marvelous Mediterranean Falafel Sliders
  • Meaty Manischtroni
  • Sloppy Moses
  • Mani Meatloaves

The falafel sliders, using ground turkey, caramelized onions, lettuce, tahini, and falafel mix, came out unanimously on top. It was impressive to the judges how moist and flavorful they were. As far as I’m concerned, this one-handed sandwich parted the sea and said, move over Sloppy Moses!

Maybe I should enter my meshuggenah matzah balls next year…

Jake Schiffman, Purchasing Assistant

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Comments (7)

  1. Jake's assessment of the sliders is as reliable as Eric Clapton's interpretation of a Jimi Hendrix guitar lick vs. a Stevie Ray Vaughn cover… while paying homage to the tradition of the sloppy moses, he instinctively recognized that all Jewish tradition, culinary included, is built on a continuity and a progression in which the past is not left behind, but rather utilized as a foundation stone for future spiritual enlightenment. Jake's choice of the slider is a decision grounded in 3000 years of Jewish ethic and represents a pseudo culinary/spiritual assesment not just of the food, but of an entire civilization. Through the pallet of Mr. Schiffman, the world gains valuable insight into the next chapter of the world's "chosen people." Excellent choice Jacob… excellent "choice".

  2. Alan says:

    This Jacob is really a dynamic guy. It was nice of him to lend his services to this cook off! I'm wondering the next time I might be able to see him at a competition of this scale? Does anyone know?

  3. momma Wolf says:

    Next year I will enter

  4. Big Bird says:

    I've known Jacob since the days when he was most popularly known as the "Sushi Slut." Even then, he nevr strayed from his love of Jewish traditional cooking – Smoked Sable maki never tasted so good!

  5. Lawrence Badzin says:

    Jacob's description and words are as clear and impacting as were Moses' words when he lead the Israelites out of Egypt and they first received the Torah and learned the laws of Kashrut!

  6. Janice Nodvin says:

    I am an avid Food Network fan. Why is there not a show featuring Jewish or kosher cooking? You have every other nationality and cuisine.

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