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Team Indiana at the World Food Championships

Team Indiana at the World Food Championships

Team Indiana was well represented at the 2022 World Food Championships in Dallas this year. The competition took place Nov. 9-13, and Culinary Crossroads helped support seven Indiana chefs as they competed. This year’s Team Indiana group of chefs included Cindy Hawkins of Circle City Sweets competing in the dessert category; Craig Baker of HAIV Hospitality in the sandwich category; Justin Miller in seafood; Turon Cummings of Soul Kantina in burger; Marcus Daniel of Joseph Decuis in vegetarian; Travis Hitch of Kan-Kan Brasserie in bacon; and Mike Gomez of Gomez BBQ in rice/noodle. Five Team Indiana chefs made it into the top 10 in their categories: Hawkins, Baker, Cummings, Daniel and Hitch. They all went on to compete in the final round...

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Indy pastry chef to compete at World Food Championships

Indy pastry chef to compete at World Food Championships

Indianapolis pastry chef Cindy Hawkins, owner of Circle City Sweets, competed in her fifth World Food Championships in November as part of Team Indiana, a Culinary Crossroads initiative, and placed in the top 10. We caught up with Hawkins at her shop and production kitchen at the AMP artisan marketplace and food hall in Indianapolis to find out what it’s like to compete. What’s the actual competition like? People watch cooking competitions on TV, and people backstab and sabotage and they’re terrible, and it’s not like that at all. You might have a little old lady next to you, and then you might have a professional baker somewhere else. We’ll bring a bottle of sparkling wine or something, and when we’re finishing up, we’ll toast, and...

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Award-winning rye in Indiana

Award-winning rye in Indiana

The Indiana Rye Whiskey designation took effect in 2021 and follows the federal requirements for rye whiskey — a minimum of 51 percent rye in the grain bill, distilled at no greater than 160 proof, placed in a barrel at no more than 125 proof — then adds the Indiana-specific requirements that it be mashed, fermented, distilled and then rested at least two years in the state of Indiana. Hard Truth Distilling in Nashville, Ind., offers a great opportunity to start sampling Indiana rye. While folks are likely more familiar with Kentucky bourbon, they’ll be hearing more and more about Indiana spirits. The state now has more than 40 distilleries, from large to small. Hard Truth, as it notes on its website, began distilling in 2015 in the small...

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Southern Indiana chefs featured at upcoming On the Road collaborative dinner

Southern Indiana chefs featured at upcoming On the Road collaborative dinner

We're hitting the road again! Culinary Crossroads launched the On the Road dinner series last October in Evansville, and now we're headed to the New Albany and Jeffersonville area. We thought you'd like to meet our three "culinary ambassadors" who'll be creating an incredible menu for our May 18 dinner at Huber Orchard & Winery. Ming Pu, executive chef, Brooklyn & the Butcher A native of Taiwan, chef Ming Pu credits his mother for instilling in him a true passion for cooking. When he was 7, Ming and his family moved to Vancouver, Canada, where they lived for two years before making Louisville their permanent home in 1999. Along the way, the 30-year-old chef gained a diverse food vocabulary of East Asian and French techniques and...

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