Jeremy Campbell (left) and Bryan Poche went head to head in the finals of the Louisiana Culinary Institute's Race to Cannes cooking competition. When I judged Round 2, groups 3 and 4 earlier in the competition, I actually helped score both Jeremy and Bryan to victory. Seeing both of them in the final got my mouth watering before I even knew what was on the menu!
|Jay Ducote and the other judges prepare to be well fed|
|Judges taste Bryan's appetizer|
|Bryan Poche's "Creole Stewed Octopus and Fried Grits"|
|Judges try Jeremy's Salad|
|Jeremy Campbell's "Braised Squid with Warm Arugula Salad|
|Jay Ducote readies himself for the main courses.|
|Bryan Poche's "Crabmeat Stuffed Pompano|
|Judges taste the Race's final dish|
|Jeremy Campbell's Pompano Bouillabaisse|
In fact, it did carry Jeremy on to the victory. Scores as whole were extremely close, but Jeremy pulled out the win, and with it a trip to be part of the culinary team at the Cannes Film Festival in France. I'd like to congratulate both Jeremy and Bryan on a job well done. The Race to Cannes is a fantastic culinary competition and I can see plenty growth in its future. To learn more about everything going on at the Louisiana Culinary Institute, check out their website at www.louisianaculinary.com!