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Image shown is Finalist Chef Gary Ullmann’s “Open Faced Duck Pastrami Sliders Deconstructed”


Contact Information:
Cindy Turk
Maple Leaf Farms, Inc.
(574) 453-4184

Maple Leaf Farms Crowns Tops Chefs in 2013 Chef Recipe Contest
Duck Doughnuts with Apple Honey Sauce Takes Top Prize in 2013 Discover Duck Chef Recipe Contest

LEESBURG, Ind. (September 12, 2013) – Entries in the 2013 Discover Duck Recipe Contest prove great tastes come in small packages.  Sponsored by Maple Leaf Farms, the annual contest challenged professional chefs and culinary students to produce an original appetizer or small plate recipe showcasing Maple Leaf Farms duck.  Nearly 250 entries from across the country were submitted, competing for more than $15,000 in cash prizes.

Duck Doughnuts with an Apple Honey Sauce captured the Chef Category Grand Prize, earning Chef Geoff Kelty of Eddie Merlot’s Steakhouse in Columbus, OH  $5,000. Chef Keoni Chang, Corporate Chef and Director of Prepared Foods for Foodland Supermarket in Honolulu, HI claimed the Second Place prize of $3,000 with his Duck & Lemongrass Skewers with Hoisin Peanut Dipping Sauce recipe. Duck Liver Crème Brulee took the $1,500 third prize for Chef Barry Greenberg, Executive Chef for the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.  Open Faced Duck Pastrami Sliders Deconstructed and Smoked Duck Arancini with Hazelnuts and Truffles each captured $500 for Gary Ullman, Commissary Chef of Barnies Coffee Kitchen in Orlando and Eric Stein, Chef Instructor at Kendall College, Chicago, respectively.

Recipes were judged on creativity/originality, accuracy and method of the recipe and best utilization of duck products.  “Duck is a natural fit for today’s global cooking culture,” said Maple Leaf Farms Director of Duck Marketing  Cindy Turk. “We were awed by the passion and talent demonstrated by the chefs and the breadth of creative duck preparations.”

The Student Category offered two top prizes. $2,500 was awarded to Raquel Kramer, culinary student at Johnson County Community College, Kansas City, MO  for Asian Duck Empanada with Cherry Ginger Sauce.  Alison Settle from Sullivan University, Lexington, KY  captured the $1,500 second prize with Kentucky’s Summer Harvest.  Finalists, each winning $500 included Jameson Alford, Columbus Culinary Institute at the Bradford School with Ancho Glazed Duck and Waffle; Matthieu Henry, Columbus State Community College with Savory Chevre Bread Pudding with Chinese Five Spice Smoked Duck and Vanilla-Port Asian Pear; and Derwin Jackson, from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Atlanta with Peking Duck Cipollata & Chips.

To view the winning recipes and photos, visit the contest web pages at


About Maple Leaf Farms:

Maple Leaf Farms, Inc. is America’s leading producer of quality duck products, supplying retail and foodservice markets throughout the world with innovative, value-added foods.  Founded in 1958, Maple Leaf Farms is a fourth generation family-owned company.  For more information, contact Maple Leaf Farms at 1-800-348-2812 or visit

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