Forever Oceans Kahala KlashTM invited students from all campuses of the Culinary Institute of America to prepare their interpretation of sustainably delicious seafood. Hailing from Mexico, Maximillano Righimal’s use of Forever Oceans Kahala for his Tri-Cultural Ceviche inched out India’s Mehak Rawl’s Goan Fish Curry to win top honors by only seven points.
“All eight student chefs brought the heritage of their families and their cultures to the judges in a wonderful demonstration of just how versatile Forever Oceans Kahala really is,” say celebrity judge Chef Andrew Zimmern of the competition.
Eight student finalists competed for more than $10,000 in CIA scholarship in the five-hour culinary showdown. Colin Shillingburg took third place while Naida Gonzalez earned the People’s Choice Award voted on by a live streaming audience.
“Forever Oceans is taking a fresh approach to educating the world on sustainably delicious seafood. Our system for nurturing and monitoring our fish through advanced remote technologies is unique and the solution to highly nutritious protein, free from contamination or negative environmental impact,” say Bill Bien, CEO of the company who attended the event. Today, these rising chefs shared how our Kahala, a buttery-flavored fish raised in the deep ocean and high in Omega 3s fits in trending global flavors. We’re educating next generation chefs with our next-generation approach to deliciously healthy eating.”
Students shared their dishes with six top celebrity chefs, including four-time James Beard Award-winner Chef Andrew Zimmern, TV’s MasterChef Finalist Chef Nick DiGiovanni, Chef Brendan Walsh, Dean of Culinary Arts at the CIA, Chefs Rick Moonen, the “Godfather of Sustainable Seafood, Cathy Holley, Publisher of Flavor and The Menu, and Forever Oceans Executive Chef Mark Allison. Chef Jay Ziobrowski served as emcee of the live streaming event that can be viewed below:
“Their dishes were extraordinary,” says Chef Nick DiGiovanni. “What became evident was that the Forever Oceans Kahala was simply delicious no matter how it was prepared. Cooking is ultimately a fun thing to do, whether it is a complex or very simple recipe with this fish.”
Forever Oceans was recently named as one of America’s most innovative seafood companies by Seafood Source. Forever Oceans is unique for its combination of biology, aquaculture, and technology in harmony to grow its fish in the most efficient and sustainable way. The system incorporates robots to nurture and monitor the fish through remote communication and artificial intelligence for greater efficiencies to reduce operational and environmental risks. Forever Oceans operates offshore enclosures in Panama, Indonesia, Brazil and at its Research and Technology Center in Hawaii. The company will be offering its sustainably delicious seafood to the U.S. supermarkets and restaurants in early 2022. Learn more about Forever Oceans, meet the chefs of company’s Culinary Board or follow it’s Ocean-Raised Podcast at ForeverOceans.com.
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