City Held First Annual Ready Houston Preparedness Kit Chef’s Challenge

Style Magazine Newswire | 10/3/2013, 12:26 p.m. | Updated on 10/3/2013, 12:26 p.m.
Local media and chef celebrities kicked off the first annual Ready Houston Preparedness Kit Chef’s Challenge, sponsored by Walmart, last ...
Notable Houston Chefs Stirred Things Up at Discovery Green for the Ready Houston Preparedness Kit Chef’s Challenge

Local media and chef celebrities kicked off the first annual Ready Houston Preparedness Kit Chef’s Challenge, sponsored by Walmart, last weekend at Discovery Green. Hosted by the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security, the event challenged five prominent Houston-area chefs to a cooking competition using camp stoves and non-perishable food items to simulate food preparation conditions in an emergency situation to promote National Preparedness Month.

Pineapple Fiesta Pasta Takes the Cake at the  Ready Houston Preparedness Kit Chef’s Challenge

Pineapple Fiesta Pasta Takes the Cake at the Ready Houston Preparedness Kit Chef’s Challenge

Chef Tarsha Gary of Crave Gourmet Bakery & Catered Café took top spot winning the competition with her Pineapple Fiesta Pasta. Ingredients in Chef Gary’s dish included pineapple rings, Ramen Noodles, Spam, green chilies, black olives, salsa, chicken stock, Frito chips, olive oil, garlic powder and red pepper flakes. Chef Tarsha is also a culinary professor at San Jacinto Community College, as well as the founder and president of Ecotone World, an urban agriculture and community sustainability initiative.

Participating chefs were Shanna Jones from Urban Swank; Chef David Denis from Le Mistral; Syd Kearney from the Houston Chronicle; Chef Arturo Boada from Arturo Boada Cuisine; Caitilin Espinosa from FOX 26; Irene Sans from Telemundo; Felice Simmons-Sloan from Urban Swank; Chef Jose Montoya from the Houston Food Bank; Mai Pham freelance food writer; Ruffy Sulaiman from the Hilton Americas; and the winner of the competition Chef Tarsha Gary of Crave Gourmet Bakery & Catered Café.

More information about Ready Houston is available at www.readyhoustontx.gov.