Binghamton University Dining by Sodexo’s Chef Sam Pfaffenbach took first place in Sodexo’s company-wide Battle of the Chefs Competition at this year’s Management Conference in Florida for his Ponzu marinated chicken breast over Thai fried amaranth with stir fried vegetables.
Competitors dishes were evaluated on five criteria: serving method and presentation; portion size and nutritional balance; creativity, menu and ingredient compatibility; and flavor, taste, texture and doneness.
Sodexo’s annual management conference includes managers and chefs from all divisions of the company’s North American operations: campus, government services, healthcare and corporate dining. Chefs are chosen by division to compete in a cook-off for the company’s ultimate culinary superiority. This year, the campus division had more than 500 chefs from which to choose and selected Pfaffenbach for his fearless culinary style and competition experience.
His win at the management conference comes on the heels of a bronze award for his culinary efforts at this year’s National Association of College & University Food Services competition.