Cura Announces Culinary Contest Winners

Updated on October 29, 2023

Using Cura’s Spice Blends Linked to Health and Wellness

Cura Hospitality was proud to announce two gold award winners of its Cura Culinary Contest held to inspire the creation of innovative recipes using Cura’s signature spice blends, linked to health and wellness benefits.

Brain-Boosting crab cakes were created by Executive Chef Robert Grotha of Aberdeen Heights, a Presbyterian Manors of America senior living community in Kirkwood, MO.  An accomplished culinarian with a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts from Johnson and Wales, Chef Robert used Cura’s Signature Brain Boost Spice Blend featuring properties linked to increasing memory function (including spices such as ground turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, rosemary, paprika, and granulated onion).  “Cura’s Signature Brain Booster Blend makes a perfect addition to this crab cake. The warm spices paired with the sweet crab meat and the bright pop of lemon come together to make a delicious bite,” says Chef Robert.

Anti-Inflammatory Kofta Kebobs were also created by Executive Chef Terry Geracia of Allegheny Health Network’s Allegheny Valley Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA.  A graduate of the International Culinary Academy, Kofta Kebobs were created with Cura’s Signature Anti-Inflammatory Spice Blend linked to reducing chronic diseases, joint pain, and swelling (including spices such as ground ginger, cardamom, cloves, black pepper and granulated garlic).  I chose this recipe because the spice blend in traditional Kofta and the Cura Anti-Inflammatory Spice Blend is very similar. It works great in this recipe, making for a nice, flavorful, healthy alternative to traditional Kofta,” says Chef Terry.

Recipes were judged on quality, taste, presentation, and originality by Cura’s Corporate Executive Chef Lance Franklin, and Cura’s Corporate Culinary Director John Cramutola.  Recipes will also be added to Cura menus.

In November, Chefs Robert and Terry will represent Cura at the Elior North America’s Culinary Champion Showdown.

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