Montana Culinary Excellence Award


Nine chefs were selected to participate in the Montana Chef Competition for the Culinary Excellence Award, which was sponsored by the Montana Department of Agriculture to promote the use of Montana ingredients at fine dining restaurants. Food samples were prepared on the site and judged by a panel of local and national chefs and restaurant brokers.

 

A total of nine recipes were selected for the Gold Class, Silver Class and Bronze Class awards in the Appetizer, Main Dish and Dessert categories. Click on the links below for the recipes developed with Montana products from the Montana Chef Competition.

 

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Montana Culinary Excellence Award Recipes

 

First Course: Amaltheia Goat Cheese and Roasted Heirloom Beet Terrine with Pink Lady Apples and Apple-Pepper Gastrique


Triple Creek Ranch, Darby

Gold Class

First Course: Grilled Lamb Salad with Mint Vinaigrette, Shiitake Ragout or Cherry Wine Glace


By Word of Mouth, Big Sky

Silver Class

First Course: Montana Poppers with Raspberry Jalapeno BBQ Sauce


River Grille, Helena

Bronze Class

Main Course: Grilled Montana Elk Chop


The Rex, Billings

 

Main Course: Montana Surf and Turf


Big EZ Lodge, Big Sky

 

Main Course: Morel & Wild Mushroom-Stuffed Flat Iron with Honey Shallots and Goat Cheese Scalloped PotatoTower


Bridge Creek Backcountry Kitchen & Wine Bar, Red Lodge

Gold Class

Main Course: Mushroom Baklava


Red Bird, Missoula

 

Main Course: Pheasant Breast "Saltimbocca" over Fresh Herb Spaetzle, Garlic Spinach and Shiitake Marsala Pan Jus


By Word of Mouth, Big Sky

Bronze Class

Main Course: Slow Braised Montana Legend Beef Short Ribs and Cheddar Polenta with Ancho Chile Broth and Parmesan Tuile


Triple Creek Ranch, Darby

Silver Class

Main Course: Steak with Mustard Sauce

Lighthouse Restaurant, Valier

Dessert: Blackberry Peach Crisp

Lighthouse Restaurant, Valier

Silver Class

Dessert: Poached D'Anjou Pear with Wilcoxson's Mountain Berry Ice Cream, Shortbread Cookie and a Duo of Huckleberry and Chocolate Coulis

Triple Creek Ranch, Darby

Gold Class