Indiana's Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge 2013

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On June 14, finalists in the 2013 Indiana's Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge gathered at Indy's Kitchen for the final judging to determine this year's winner. But before they got there, they had a chance to show their ideas on Indy Style.




Gustavo Perrotta, Crab Mofonguito Gustavo Perrotta, Crab Mofonguito
This Caribbean dish featured a cup of deep-fried plantains filled with seasoned crabmeat and topped with guacamole. It won over judges for taste and originality. He and his wife Katherine took home $2,500 in seed money from Reliable Water Services to help start their business, over $500 of professional cookware from Reliable and Atlas Restaurant Supply, as well as expert consultation and commercial kitchen time from Indy's Kitchen valued at $500.


Ann Delchambre, Ginger Peach Apricot Pie Ann Delchambre, Ginger Peach Apricot Pie
Biz concept: An online specialty and custom pie business incorporating locally sourced ingredients and creative crusts.



Surisa Richardson, Thai HOTburger Surisa Richardson, Thai HOTburger
Biz concept: Distribute spicy burger through grocery stores and markets that offer a diverse selection of ethnic foods. The entry was made with zesty Thai spices and healthy ingredients including ginger, galanga, lemongrass and diced green beans.



Loren Martinez, Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Fingerling Potatoes
Loren Martinez, a 15-year-old student from Fort Wayne, was awarded the teen food entrepreneur prize for his entry: Brussels sprouts and fingerling potatoes roasted in rendered bacon fat and drizzled with molasses glaze. He was presented with $500 from Reliable, a culinary course from Ivy Tech Community College and cooking classes at Indy's Kitchen.

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