CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Apr 24, 2014) - Officials of the Marriott Chicago at Medical District/UIC and Rooks Corner, An American Bistro, just announced that their own resident Executive Chef Richard B. Green was named the March winner of the Chicago Culinary Fight Club. The theme was "Guinness and Green."
Chicago Culinary Fight Club is a local monthly cooking competition where chefs from all walks of life can come to compete and showcase their culinary talents in the Tastebud Challenge. Within one hour, chefs have 30 seconds to pick from the ingredient table (pantry), and then fire up their 10,000 BTU burners and cook. The Chicago Culinary Fight Club motto is "If you can cook, then you can cook anywhere, with limited ingredients and on a time-crunch," and that's exactly what these talented chefs accomplish.
Chef Green's winning dish for the March competition was Irish Balls. Green stated, "the dish consisted of parsley infused mashed potatoes stuffed with corned beef and house made sauerkraut, panko crusted, deep fried and served with a Guinness stout glaze reduction. It was a hit!" For more information about the Chicago Culinary fight Club, visit their website at www.culinaryfightclub.com.
Chef Green has a long history in the kitchen that precedes his work for the hotel near McCormick Place. He is a former US Naval Petty Officer & member of the Elite Navy Seals. After serving in the military for 8 years he put away his guns and picked up his chef knives instead. He holds certifications from the College of Dupage & Cuyahoba Community College in Nutrition, Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts. Before joining the Marriott Chicago at Medical District/UIC, Chef Green was the Chef d Cuisine at the Naperville Marriott and Chef/Owner of H2O Catering and Comfort Zone BBQ. He is most regionally noted for his Bar-B-Que, Gumbo and his house brined Corned Beef. Chef Green's style of cooking could be classified as rustic with southern influences, specializing in local and regional scratch made cooking. Sourcing the freshest sustainable products whenever possible that are prepared from the least processed ingredients available. "If you are what you eat, then why not eat the best foods possible," he says.
Chef Green and his team can be found at Rook's Corner, located inside the Marriott Chicago at Medical District/UIC at 625 South Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60607, on the corner of Ashland and Harrison. Parking is free with a validation from the restaurant.
�To learn more about Chef Green and the Chicago Marriott at Medical District/UIC, visit the hotel website at http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/chidm-chicago-marriott-at-medical-district-uic/.
About the Chicago Marriott at Medical District/UIC
Guests will find a new Chicago Marriott at Medical District/UIC awaiting their arrival. After a $5-million renovation, our Union Station hotel now offers the same attentive service and generous amenities, but in a whole new boutique environment. Guestrooms are colorful and vibrant, with rich accents, textures and patterns. Sink into luxury bedding, catch your favorite shows on a 37-inch LCD TV, fight off late-night hunger by packing snacks in your mini-fridge, or get some work done with at your desk, equipped with high-speed Internet access and an advanced jack pack to connect all your devices. Suites offer more space and beautiful views, and our private concierge lounge features breakfast and evening receptions. Our downtown hotel is convenient to Chicago's biggest attractions, including the United Center, Garfield Conservatory and University of Illinois, and offers quick access to the Medical District. Work, play or relax in our Great Room lobby, or workout in our fitness center. Our restaurant, Rook's Corner: an American Bistro, features a menu of eclectic contemporary dishes served in a warm setting. With almost 5,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor event space, we're the perfect venue for your next meeting or function.