Cream of the Crop! Baked with Goodness Competition Winning Recipes

26 April 2018 2 Min Read

Four recipes created in the homes of everyday UAE residents are now available in select restaurants across the country, as Anchor Food Professionals’ Baked with Goodness competition discovers Emirates’ hidden culinary talents.

With hundreds of blossoming bakers and chefs submitting their favourite home-made recipes, Anchor Food Professionals’ Regional Senior Advisory Chef, Manfred Kohlen, and the respective Head Chefs of the competition’s partner outlets painstakingly evaluated the recipes, before adapting and perfecting four winners using Anchor FP’s dairy products from New Zealand. 

The final winners include two cakes, a pizza and a pasta dish, all of which are available at Revo Café, Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate, Sale Sucre Patisserie and The Pizza Company outlets across the UAE until 15th May 2018.

“The volume and quality of entries received has been truly exceptional; separating the recipes during the judging process was extremely difficult but we looked for originality, adaptability and a basic synergy with current tastes and trends,” said Chef Manfred. “Our outlet partners in this competition believe the winning recipes will be extremely popular with customers because they align perfectly with a growing, society-wide preference for less processed and natural ingredients in meals and snacks.”

Anchor Food Professionals and their partners adapted the home-made recipes into professional dishes by keeping the principles and basic components of the wining dishes intact whilst making the dishes more commercially viable.

Jordanian Mais Al Mahsiri, a wife and mother-of-four based in Abu Dhabi, was chosen by Revo Café, Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate for her Flourless Chocolate and Coffee Cake. Combining mousse and biscuit, Chef Manfred used Anchor Butter and Extra Whipping Cream to adapt Al Mahsiri’s creation.

Coffee was a key ingredient in Sale Sucre Patisserie’s selection of a Cream Cheese Coffee Cake by Deborah Francisco from the Philippines. The delicious recipe was adapted to include Anchor FP Butter, Anchor FP Extra Whip Whipping Cream and Anchor FP Soft Cream Cheese.

“It’s a strange and amazing feeling to have my recipe recognised by professional chefs – their improvements have my full approval,” said Francisco, who has won an overnight stay and brunch for a family-of-four at Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate, kitchen equipment gift vouchers, Anchor Food Professionals’ baking set, and an exclusive culinary workshop at the Anchor Innovation Centre in Dubai.

Unsurprisingly, the pizza and pasta categories were so hotly-contested that The Pizza Company opted for two winning recipes: Pesto and Feta Pizza by Meghna Gupta, an Indian mother of two who teaches baking in Dubai, and Creamy Tuna and Shrimp Pasta by Roger Alaric, who only moved to the UAE from the Philippines in March. Chef Manfred adapted both recipes by using Anchor FP Extra Yield Cooking Cream, Anchor FP Butter, Anchor FP Extra Stretch Mozzarella Cheese, Anchor FP Soft Cream Cheese and Anchor Feta.

The Baked with Goodness competition was conceptualised following an Anchor Food Professionals- commissioned survey  that revealed UAE residents are placing greater value than ever before on food they consume, with 62 per cent of respondents willing to pay more for fresh, natural and minimally-processed ingredients while eating out.

Baked with Goodness competition winning entries!

Flourless Chocolate and Coffee Cake
1. Flourless Chocolate and Coffee Cake
Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
2. Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
Creamy Tuna and Shrimp Pasta
3. Creamy Tuna and Shrimp Pasta
Pesto and Feta Pizza
4. Pesto and Feta Pizza