On the 23 February, the Waldorf Astoria New York gathered guests and a star-studded panel of judges to select the next Taste of Waldorf Astoria from five dishes created in the kitchens of Waldorf Astoria Orlando, Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem, Waldorf Astoria Beijing, and The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
The winning dish, Jing Roll, created by Waldorf Astoria Master Chef Benoit Chargy and JBF Rising Star Semi-Finalist Chef Erik Bruner-Yang at Waldorf Astoria Beijing, will be featured on menus at 25 Waldorf Astoria properties worldwide.
The event marked the end of the second annual Taste of Waldorf Astoria competition where JBF Rising Star Semi-Finalist chefs partnered with Waldorf Astoria Master Chefs for week-long collaborations in 2015. Jing Roll now joins last year’s winning dish, Celery Root Risotto Alla Waldorf, and a lineup of iconic signature dishes that have been created at Waldorf Astoria, including Eggs Benedict, Red Velvet Cake, and Waldorf Salad.
The esteemed panel of judges included Chef Wylie Dufresne, Saveur Editor-in-Chief, Adam Sachs, James Beard Foundation President, Susan Ungaro, Questlove, and Winner of the Taste of Waldorf Astoria 2015, Chef David Posey.
“Congratulations to all participating chefs, and particularly this year’s winners, Chef Chargy and Chef Bruner-Yang,” said John T.A. Vanderslice, global head, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. “I have been delighted by the talent and vision each of these chef collaborations has demonstrated, which honour the culinary legacy of Waldorf Astoria and uphold our gastronomic leadership today.”
Guests can embark on their own Taste of Waldorf Astoria adventure with the three-night culinary experiential packages available at all 25 Waldorf Astoria properties worldwide including a private cocktail workshop with the hotel’s lead mixologist at Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, an exclusive yachting afternoon of fresh fish and cocktails at Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, and exploring the local fish market with a Master Chef to select ingredients for the evening meal at Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. Available at all 25 Waldorf Astoria properties, room nights are priced at the best available rate, with packages up to $6,000 for two. Packages will be available through the end of 2016.