Orchard Fresh executive chef wins Supermarket Chef Showdown
The Supermarket Chef Showdown is an annual recipe competition presented by the Food Marketing Institute.
Horton and 24 other finalists had 20 minutes to prepare a dish incorporating three mandatory ingredients in a live showdown before a panel of judges. Her Mediterranean Chicken Meatballs recipe beat out a total of 130 other submissions from 30 different retailers.
Horton's recipe was inspired by the Mediterranean Chicken Sliders dish sold in the prepared foods section at Orchard Fresh.
“What I love about the Supermarket Chef Showdown is that these talented chefs are finally getting some credit for preparing the wide variety of delicious food that feeds millions of Americans every day, said Janet McCracken, Supermarket Chef Showdown judge and test kitchen director for Everyday with Rachael Ray, in a release. “It’s giving a face to the men and women behind everything from that delicious rotisserie chicken that I personally rely on heavily for weeknight meals, to the wonderful salads, vegetable side dishes and desserts.”
Horton is from Springville.