Sodexo Chef Jason Murchison Wins Recipes for a Better Tomorrow Culinary Competition at James Beard House

Sodexo Chef Finalists from Across U.S. and Canada Cook at James Beard House with Focus on Sustainability, Taste and Presentation
May 20, 2011 3:22 PM ET

(3BL Media / theCSRfeed)  GAITHERSBURG, Md., May 20, 2011 —Sodexo Chef Jason Murchison of Napa Valley Unified Schools was named winner of Sodexo’s Recipes for a Better Tomorrow Culinary Competition at the venerable James Beard House. Chef Murchison’s “Chocolate Espresso Braised Pork over Jasmine Rice with Grilled Sweet Corn & Avocado Salad” took top honors for its taste, presentation, and support of Sodexo’s goals for the environment, local communities and health & wellness. 

“We were delighted to host the first Recipes for a Better Tomorrow Culinary Competition,” said Susan Ungaro, president, James Beard Foundation and one of the judges for the competition. “The entrée by Chef Murchison took the prize today, but each of the finalists can be proud of the sustainably prepared cuisine that they cooked in the kitchen of the James Beard House, where the best chefs in America create fundraising dinners over 200 days a year.” 

Chef Murchison of Sodexo’s Schools business segment competed against four other Sodexo chefs who each had the top recipe for their respective segments (Senior Living, Corporate, Campus and Health Care). The other finalists and their dishes were: 

Chef Joshua Chandler, Shenandoah Valley Westminster

Cider Glazed Pork Loin with White Sweet Potato and Carrot Swirl Puree  

Chef Andrew Cox, Harvard Kennedy School

All Natural Vermont Roast Turkey with Organic Quinoa Pilaf and Citrus

Executive Chef Leanne English, University of New Brunswick

Ginger Salmon with Citrus Coriander Maple Glaze, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Sautéed Fiddleheads 

Chef Jesse Kraft, St. Barnabas Medical Center

Pan Seared Cod Filet with Beet Vinaigrette and Pumpkin Quinoa Risotto 

“All of the dishes presented by the finalists were creative and great tasting and demonstrated Sodexo's commitment to sustainability,” said Arlin Wasserman, vice president of sustainability and CSR, Sodexo. “Each of our chefs created entrées that showcased the foods grown in their region. They were predominantly fruits, vegetables and grains, along with modest amounts of meat, poultry and fish. Their plates represented healthy and balanced meals low in salt, sugar and fat, while also introducing us to new and underappreciated ingredients that utilize more parts of the plants and animals we harvest and increasing the diversity of our diet.” 

The finalists emerged from a pool of more than 150 chefs and 12 semi-finalists who participated in the competition. Semi-finalists created short videos to showcase their recipes, which were posted to Sodexo’s CSR Channel on YouTube where visitors voted for their favorites. The site garnered more than 11,300 views over the first two weeks. 

Judges for the competition included: Susan Ungaro, president, James Beard Foundation, Mitchell Davis, vice president, James Beard Foundation, Bill Telepan, chef/owner, Telepan, Arlin Wasserman, vice president, sustainability and CSR, Sodexo and Thomas Mackall, vice president, employee and corporate relations, Sodexo. 

For more information about Sodexo’s Better Tomorrow Plan, visit and click the link for Corporate Citizenship.



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