A famous local chef will represent the state’s fine cuisine at the Kentucky Derby.
Monroe chef Cory Bahr is about to take part in the Taste of Derby at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 5. The event is to kick off the 148th Kentucky Derby.
Each year, a selection of renowned chefs from America’s horse racing regions come together to delight Taste of Derby guests with regional specialties, wine and live music. Bahr will represent the Louisiana Derby at the Fairgrounds racetrack in New Orleans.
Bahr is the owner of the Parish restaurant and the Standard Coffee Co. in Monroe. He was named Food & Wine’s “Peoples Best New Chef in America” for 2015 and is a Food Network Star finalist.
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“It’s a huge honor to be invited to participate in the Taste of Derby for the third time, because it’s an exceptional event and one that raises a lot of money for a great cause,” said Bahr. “It’s one of the premier culinary events in the country based on one of the greatest horse races. It’s just a great honor and above all a great honor to represent northeast Louisiana.”
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Bahr will serve Louisiana Bluefin Toro and Blue Crab with caramelized koji bonbon and black truffle
Taste of the Derby raises funds and awareness for hunger relief organisations. To date, over $800,000 has been donated to alleviate hunger locally and across the country in areas where participating chefs are located.
Dare to take care of the food bank will be the beneficiary of this year’s event.
Through Taste of Derby, Churchill Downs also provided $150,000 in scholarships to students enrolled at Sullivan University’s College of Hospitality. Each year, scholarship funding is distributed among four chefs-in-training.
“We’re working with a lot of young people who attend Sullivan College to put on this event, so it’s a very, very good thing,” Bahr said. “It brings together some of the best chefs from across the country.”
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